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The Japanese phrase 轟々 / ごうごう / ゴーゴー (gōgō) means thundering, roaring, rumbling or booming. The kanji 轟 (gō/kō/todoro) is made up of three carts (車), and can be used as a surname, which is pronounced Kuruma, Gō or Todoroki.

Rumbling Carts 轟轟 (gōgō) - thundering, roaring, rumbling, booming

This kanji additionally seems in phrases like:

  • 轟音 (gō’on) = thunderous roar, roaring sound
  • 轟く (todoroku) = to roar, reverberate, be well-known, be well-known, palpitate, throb
  • 轟かす (todorosu) = to make a thundering sound, to make (one’s identify, and so forth.) extensively recognized, to make (one’s coronary heart) pound
  • 轟然 (gōzen) = roaring, thundering, thunderous, deafening, ear-splitting
  • 轟き (todoroki) = roar, peal, rumble, booming, beating, pounding

In Mandarin Chinese language the character 轰 [轟] is pronounced hōng and means explosion, bang, increase, rumble, to assault, shoo away, expel.

It seems in phrases like:

  • 轰动的成就 [轟動的成就] (hōngdòng de chéngjiù) = a howling success
  • 轰动全世界 [轟動全世界] (hōngdòng quánshìjiè) = to set the world on fireplace
  • 轰隆 [轟隆] (hōnglōng ) = to rumble
  • 轰轰烈烈 [轟轟烈烈] (hōnghōnglièliè) = vigorously, grand and spectacular, fiery
  • 轰赶 [轟趕] (hōnggǎn) = to drive off, shoo away

I like these compound characters which might be made up of a number of duplicated characters. Different examples embody

  • 林 (hayashi – wooden, forest), and 森 (mori – forest) that are made up of a number of 木 (ki – tree, shrub, bush, wooden, timber). Put them collectively and we get 森林 (shinrin – forest, woods).
  • 炎 (honō – flame, blaze, ardour), that are made up of two 火 (hello – fireplace)
  • 品 (hin – class, grace, article, merchandise), that are made up of a number of 口 (kuchi – mouth)
  • 龖 (tà – flight of a dragon), 龘 (tà – the looks of a dragon strolling) and 𪚥 (zhé – verbose) that are made up of a number of 龍 [龙] (lóng – dragon).

The dragon examples are uncommon and in Mandarin, the remaining are in Japanese.

Sources: jisho.org, mdbg.internet, Line Dict CHINESE-ENGLISH