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Chengyu of the day: 画饼充饥 huà bǐng chōng jī [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2011-12-19 15:51:49 |Display all floors
Draw a pancake to allay hunger – to feed on illusions

Lu Yu was a learned man of integrity who served as a senior official in the period of Three Kingdoms (220-280).

Once, the emperor of Wei was trying to fill a government post, and was studying a list of famous names put forward by his officials. The emperor said, “I want Lu Yu to select the right person, rather than choosing one of the well-known but useless individuals on this list. Fame is just like a pancake drawn on the wall. You cannot eat it.”

Lu Yu suggested the emperor conduct examinations to find the best candidate. From that time on, officials were appointed according to their real ability and Lu Yu’s method of selection was widely praised.

At first the idiom meant unjustified fame, but it later came to mean satisfying oneself by imagining things, or consoling oneself with false hopes.

huà bǐng chōng jī

画饼充饥

三国时期(220-280),有一个正直的文人叫卢毓,在魏国做大官。

一次宫中选拔人才,官员们推荐了许多有名的人,魏国的皇帝说:“让卢毓来选人,我不要这些只有名声而没有真才实学的人。名声就像画在墙上的饼,不可以拿来吃。”

卢毓建议皇帝选拔和考试相结合。从此,皇帝根据个人的实际能力来任命官员。卢毓的方法得到了大家的称赞。

成语“画饼充饥”就来自于皇帝所说的话。最初,它指有名声而没本领。后来,人们用它来比喻以不切实际的空想来满足自己。

chūn sè mǎn yuán

春色满园

Signs of spring are visible everywhere in the garden. Spring has arrived.

mǎn miàn chūn fēng

满面春风

To be radiant; to beam with happiness

xià lú dōng shàn

夏炉冬扇

Stoves in summer and fans in winter—things that do not meet the needs of the time; to take inappropriate measures

qiū gāo qì shuǎng

秋高气爽

Clear sky and crisp air in autumn; bracing weather; fine autumn weather

qiū fēng guò ěr

秋风过耳

A gust of autumn wind blows past the ear – going in one ear and out the other; advice that goes unheeded

qiū fēnɡ sǎo luò yè

秋风扫落叶

The autumn wind blows away dead leaves – a powerful force makes a clean sweep of things.

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Post time 2011-12-20 06:59:32 |Display all floors
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