The Chinese say

27 Jul

I’ve learned a few new Chinese sayings on this trip.

“Do gooders attract trouble.” Sums up the mentality of not rocking the boat. Keep your eyes down and just go on your way. I’m not sure if it’s an accurate generalization, but there are quite a few people in my own family do tend toward the attitude that “things just won’t change” or worse, that “causing a big ruckus can bring unwanted attention and trouble”.

电灯泡 = Electric light bulb. Last night, my mom and I went to sit on some beach chairs by the pool to look up at the stars. Beside us was a canopy with the curtains drawn down. My mom thought there might be someone inside and asked if we should find some other chairs because she didn’t want to be a “ding dang dam” or an electric light bulb. This is basically Chinese for a cockblock. The idea is that two lovers (or as my mom put it, “two people who are not just dating but courting”)would want to kiss in the dark. To be an electric light bulb would be to spoil their romantic fun (or sexy shenanigans, as people like to say!)

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2 Responses to “The Chinese say”

  1. nervrom July 30, 2012 at 1:59 pm #

    I am taking this moment to share with you the saying our tour guide shared with us during our visit to Florence (she was showing us a 3d map of the city located in a square and one of the structures had been ripped off): “The mother of idiots is always pregnant.”

    I say it ALLLLLLL the time.

    • Sunny August 2, 2012 at 12:59 am #

      hahaha i like it.

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