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Chinese Idiom Rally II.

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Guest Barbara

(lets start with a new page, ok?)

@Riding a horse is even faster, so let's jump on horseback 飞身上马 fei1 shen1 shang4 ma3

ohoh, careful that you won't 马革裹尸 。。。

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roddy

Will lock the old one then.

Roddy

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nnt

Is such glorious fate more enviable than just eating white rice (or bread )at public expense without doing anything: 尸位素餐 shi1 wei4 su4 can1 ? ( Nowadays, according to the laws of productivity, profit/work is infinite if work = 0 , so is highly praised by economists...)

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Guest Barbara

I'm not sure, but it's certainly more enviable than 餐风沐雨 :(

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nnt

Never mind, after the rain the sun shines again 雨过天靑 yu2 gua4 tian qing1

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Guest Barbara

yes, but it doesn't hurt to be prepared for the unexpected 青天霹雳

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nnt

...So unexpected that I dropped my chopsticks, for it's a pretty dead end.

So let's begin anew, from the beginning, for the flow must go on : 一而再,再而三 yi1 er2 zai4, zai4 er2 san1

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Guest Barbara

and lets straightaway lay down the most important rule 三纲五常 。。。

(sorry about that dead-end!)

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nnt

But everything has a cause 事出有因 shi4 chu1 you3 yin1

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Guest Barbara

I'll never love anyone else until I die 之死靡它 :D

汎彼柏舟,

在彼河侧。

髧彼两髦,

实维我特,

之死矢靡慝。

母也天只,

不谅人只。

《诗经 鄘风 柏舟》

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nnt

The last character should be 慝 or 他 instead of 它, shouldn't it ?

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Guest Barbara

yeah, I was wondering about that, 诗经, after all clearly says 之死矢靡慝。According to my 《中国成语大辞典》上海辞书出版社 (1986), though, the proverb goes 之死靡它 and as 慝 (also according to my 辞典) would be a dead-end again ...

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nnt

I've checked in the 诗经 again, and in my edddition, there are two poems under the same name. The other and first one says:

汎彼柏舟,

在彼中河

髧彼两髦,

实维我儀

之死矢靡它

母也天只,

不谅人只。

《诗经 鄘风 柏舟》

The second is identical to the one you cited.

But either way, it's a dead end, because I don't know what idiom can begin with 它...

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Guest Barbara

it is and it isn't a dead end, my 辞典 says: "他山之石" 见 "它山之石"

诗经 彤弓之什 鹤鸣

鹤鸣于九皋,

声闻于野。

鱼潜在渊,

或在于渚。

乐彼之园,

爰有树檀,

其下维萚。

他山之石,

可以为错。

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nnt

(Is your 辞典 the 易经 :D ? )

You're right: the 辞源 says, "它" is an old form of "他". We're now shifting to the Litterature/History sections... :roll:

Never mind, let's go on, after using you're stone (石) to mend my own dictionary, that great weight being lifted off my mind : 石头落地 shi2 tou2 luo4 di4

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Guest Barbara

"I feel the earth move ..." (Carole King) :wink: 地动山摇

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