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What is the origin of 火黑暗?

What is the origin of 火黑暗? According to wikipedia it comes from the Zangshu, "Book of Burial", but no where in that book (or anywhere else) can I find this supposed phrase: "Qi vapors in the fire, ...
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The “original” proverb of “Craftsman, know your tools”

I recall reading a supposed Chinese proverb that went along the lines of "Craftsman, know your tools!". Now I'm trying to find the original Chinese saying, and if there was more to this, wanting to ...
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Why is “weight” = 体重 and why is “height” = 身高?

Recently, I registered to a running tracker app. The app required me to fill some personal information and two of them were my 体重 (weight) and 身高 (height). I wonder why one uses 体 while the other one ...
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Thank You : 谢谢 vs 感谢 vs 跪谢 vs 多谢

While expressing gratitude in spoken Mandarin , I believe people use 谢谢 and 感谢. For example 谢谢你的时间 OR 谢谢你带我来这里 . Does 感谢你的时间 OR 感谢你带我来这里 imply a higher level of gratitude ? Is there a difference in ...
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Where was the heartland of the pre-historic Chinese branch of languages (or that of the entire language family)?

For the Indo-European family of languages, a common hypothesis is that it originated in central Asia, somewhere north of the Caspian and/or Black Seas. Do we have any idea where the Sino-Tibetan ...
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Where did the words for various colours originate from?

I wonder if , like English, the words for colours (red,yellow, green) just formed arbitrarily in Chinese? Or is there a story behind choosing 红色, for red, 蓝色 for blue etc? It’s also interesting how ...
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Colloquialism - “I go to school by bus”

I've seen this phrase being used frequently on social media amongst the youth of Hong Kong. "I go to school by bus" Would anyone kindly explain how this phrase came to be and what it means? From my ...
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what's origin of the Chinese character for time?

I belive the Chinese character for time is 时间 . does anybody know how to find out the origin for it? if there is a place where it is possible to know the origin of Chinese characters please share. ...
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Radicals vs glyph origins (specifically for character 肚 in 肚 子)

I am trying to learn some vocabulary and am looking at the radicals to help me remember. The problem is, the radicals in some characters don't seem to make sense to me at all. In 肚, the two radicals ...
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What's the meaning/reason for sudden influx in usage of English word “word” in Chinese?

I just got a push notification: word天! ..... and it's not the first I've gotten with the English word "word" in it. Here's a quick baidu: 焦点资讯 新闻| Word天,这款润滑油要逆天! 1小时前 搜狐汽车 ...
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What is the origin of 洋罪?

洋 often takes on the meaning of foreign as a noun prefix - think: 洋火、洋车、洋芋、洋碱. I have just come across this: 《成都方言》 词语: 遭洋罪 发音: zao1 yang2 zui4 定义: 自找的难言之苦:出了钱不说,还~,简直划不着! 洋罪 ...