Chinese words come from item’s shape. Take the “water” as an example, the below is showing how “water” developed.
|3600years ago||3300years agao||2500years ago||2000years ago||1500years ago||People’s Republic of China(since 1956)|
So Chinese people always describe some situation via shape or some item itself, Let me list some samples as below:
|English Meaning||Chinese Expression|
|Big mouth||Big mouth|
|Coronavirus||New-type Circle-shape Virus|
|Son of a bitch||Dog fucked|
|Stupid||You are a pig|
|Cast pearls before swine||Play the piano in front of a cattle|
|Let sleeping dogs lie||Beat the grass and frighten away the snake|
|She dug a hole for me||She dug a hole for me|
|Save somebody from embarrassment||Circle field|
|Lie well||Circle lie|
|Sly||Circle and slick|
|Generosity||Big and square|
Chinese words ended up creating new ones since 2000years ago, it makes a lot of words containing several meanings to describe different situation. For example, when sb.’s performance is not good as expected, we can say “he is too much water.” So at most time, Chinese expression always consists of two words to make it clear like circle field and circle lie.