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Re: NATLANG: Chinese for "chestnuts"

From:Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
Date:Thursday, February 2, 2006, 19:24
On 2/2/06, Erika <erika0100@...> wrote:
> --- "Joseph B." <darkmoonman@...> wrote: > > > Some L1 English speakers use the word "chestnut" to > > refer to a little gem of > > wisdom. Does anyone here know what words are used > > in any of the dialects of > > Chinese? > > Thanks. > > I've never even heard that in English..
Agreed. I usually hear "nugget" of wisdom. A "chestnut" is, IME, a term of derision for something old: an old joke, a proven-wrong rule of thumb, etc., as in "Oh, that old chestnut." -- Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>