Mon, Jun 18, 2018

Singapore seen as favorite nation: poll

Taiwanese’s favorite nation is Singapore, followed by Japan and Canada, while China is their third-least favorite, a survey released yesterday by the Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation found. When asked about their impression of Singapore, 88.2 percent of the respondents said they ...FULL STORY

USING IDIOMS 活用成語

Chinese Practice 以毒攻毒 (yi3 du2 gong1 du2) treat poison with poison 今天是端午節,英文俗稱Dragon Boat Festival,端午節是在每年農曆五月初五。傳統中醫遵循陰陽五行的原則──結合「五味」、「五穀」、「五聲」、「五色」以及「五毒」等──對中醫來說,端午節是非常重要的一天。端午節這天被認為是一年之中陽氣最盛、火氣最旺的特殊日子,因此是一年中採集與煉製陽性、火性草藥的最佳時刻。據信在這一天採擷使用的成分特別有療效。 中醫傳統上認為有毒的成分可能對治療某些毒或疾病最為有效。因此,端午節傳統上被認為是捕捉某些有毒生物──蠍、蛇、蜈蚣、蟾蜍、蜘蛛──作為藥用的最佳時間。 表達使用毒來治療其他毒的「以毒止毒」一語,是受到上述中醫原則所啟發,首次見於《北山錄》,為中唐學者及僧侶神清所著。隨著時間的推移,「以毒止毒」演變為成語「以毒攻毒」:用毒藥來對抗毒藥。這成語的意義可以是字面上的,如同傳統中醫原則;它也可以用作比喻,表示採用一種惡毒的策略,來對付另一個同樣惡毒的策略,或反制攻擊你的惡毒之人。 「fight fire with...FULL STORY

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