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May 3, 2005

A Chinese idiom

Filed under: Cicada Arts — Dan @ 5:26 pm

From Paul Frank’s Language Jottings:

Chán bù zhī xuě: The cicada knows nothing of snow. Said of someone who’s ignorant or inexperienced. There’s also the word huigu, platypleura kaempferi, a kind of bright-colored cicada, and the saying huigu bu zhi chun qiu, the cicada is ignorant of spring or autumn, i.e., limited in experience or vision.

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