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How can we express " 越抹越黑" in English? [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2005-12-22 10:15:32 |Display all floors

well, in another way

the more what one tries to hide,the more it exposed
欲盖弥彰啊, 呵呵~~

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Post time 2005-12-22 11:10:50 |Display all floors

越抹越黑

这一说法是日常用语,意思是说当一件事情没做好,别人抱怨你,你越是解释,别人越觉得没有必要。那时侯,人家会来一句“得了,越抹越黑!”意思是:别说了,解释得越多越对你不利。 The more you try to polish, the worse you will get.  I don't know if there's an English idiom for thesame meaning.


Hi, freakyqi ! "越抹越黑" figuratively expresses the situation one could only make things worse if he insists on trying to find some excuses. BTW, there're two pinyin for the character "抹, "mo" and "ma" respectively with the former used as a verb while the latter as a noun ( eg. 抹布 means dishcloth or duster cloth).

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Post time 2005-12-22 16:24:16 |Display all floors
to be much worse .
to be darker and darker.

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Post time 2005-12-23 06:56:46 |Display all floors
yes. you get it right. you may understand it as each time you try to explain, you only make yourself more embarrassed.
it can be used to laugh at yourself, or equally effective, it can be used to tease a friend of yours when you find him/her doing exactly a "越抹越黑".

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Post time 2005-12-23 08:49:41 |Display all floors
Thank you nyleda! I feel so proud when I understand a Chinese phrase! Yay!

And thank you Bestmary for explaining 抹. So am I correct that I should pronounce it "mo"? What tone?

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Post time 2005-12-23 09:13:24 |Display all floors

The more you try to cover(explain), the worse it will be.

越抹越黑  应该是用于 隐藏事实方面的.  而不是搽桌子等........

[ Last edited by charlie88 at 2005-12-23 09:38 AM ]

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Post time 2005-12-23 09:14:07 |Display all floors

抹 mo: tone 3

yue4 mo3 yue4 hei1

in standard Mandarin.

In some dialectal varieties, you might as well hear "yue4 ma1 yue4 hei1", which is equally acceptable.

[ Last edited by tumujerome at 2005-12-23 09:18 AM ]

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