One of Confucius sayings contains the construction 言不及义. It carries the meaning "unable to talk on serious topics", from what a dictionary gave me. However, I was interested in the per-character structure of such meanings, and went to translate these characters individually.
- 言 - yán - speech
- 不 - bù - a universal negation
- 及 - jí - to reach, to catch, to participate, to improve to a certain extent
- 义 - yì - justice, moral, fact, meaning
So, 'speech not reaching meaning' is the best I can get from this breakdown.
Any help on grasping the meaning is highly appreciated.