A: Wang’s marriage dispute has finally come to an end.
B: You’re still gossiping about it. Why are you so interested in his marital affairs?
A: It’s just a healthy dose of curiosity.
Photo: Wang Wen-lin, Liberty Times 照片：自由時報王文麟
B: There’s an old saying: “Even a great judge finds it hard to settle a family quarrel.” So outsiders should keep their noses out of private family matters.
（Translated by Edward Jones, Taipei Times／台北時報張聖恩）
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A healthy dose of curiosity
The speaker uses this set phrase to persuade their interlocutor that interest in Wang’s marital affairs does not constitute gossip, but is just natural curiosity.
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