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不亦樂乎

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ChineseEdit

not; no also
 
music; happy; laugh; cheerful
(interrog. part.)
trad. (不亦樂乎)
simp. (不亦乐乎)
Literally: “is it not a joy?”.

EtymologyEdit

From The Analects:

遠方不亦樂乎 [Classical Chinese, trad.][▼ expand/hide]
远方不亦乐乎 [Classical Chinese, simp.]
From: The Analects of Confucius, circa 475 – 221 BCE, translated based on James Legge's version
Yǒu péng zì yuǎnfāng lái, bù yì lè hū? [Pinyin]
Is it not delightful to have friends coming from distant quarters?

PronunciationEdit


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Particularly: “Taishan (defense language institute: poot-yiâk(yîk)-lôk-foō”

IdiomEdit

不亦樂乎

  1. (original meaning) Isn't it a pleasure (to ...)?
  2. (modifies an adjective or verb) to a great extent; extremely; very; awfully