Sunday, November 11, 2012

Fact of the Day: Contradicting Arsenal

The Chinese word for "contradiction" is 矛盾 (Máodùn), but the two characters individually mean "spear" and "shield". This is because of a Chinese proverb of a peddler who sold weapons. He claimed to have a spear that could pierce any object, and a shield that could not be broken. An obvious contradiction. 

10 comments:

  1. An interesting and amusing proverb:) What caught my eye was the beautiful scenic view, which reminds me of the Douro vally here in Portugal.

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  2. Two words that on the surface you wouldn't associate with the meaning of contratdiction and yet when delved into deeper, makes perfect sense!! I LIKE!!! Yay! Take care
    x

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  3. Those Chinese are really most profound. Much more so than us.
    All we can put up is "Less Filling, Tastes Great."

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  4. Great post as always. Great photo as well..I wonder what is being cultivated on the terraced plateaus.

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  5. yeah, people will say anything to sell their goods. My spear is invincible!

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