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I don't know what you mean by calling Jin Yong "tubby". He is one of the most influential Chinese novelists in the 20th century. Allegedly he did not invent the saying. It is an old saying among martial arts practitioners. The saying has other versions, like "月棍,年刀,千日枪". There are different interpretations of the saying(s). The one that makes sense to me ...


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Conceptually ,this is not that new. A poet "Jia Dao(779-843)" from Tang dynasty already has a famous poem starting with this pharse: 十年磨一劍 "For ten years I have been polishing this sword" ( REF:wikipeida The "polishing" here is a poetic expression of learing sword. The phrase could even be shorter as "十年劍(ten year of sword)" in Chinese that is also ...


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