化腐朽為神奇

ChineseEdit

 
to make into; to change into; ‑ization; to ... ‑ize; to transform
 
 
because of; for; to; act as; take...to be; to be; to do; to serve as; to become
magical; mysterious
trad. (化腐朽為神奇) 腐朽 神奇
simp. (化腐朽为神奇) 腐朽 神奇
alternative forms 化腐為奇化腐为奇
化腐成奇
Literally: “turn something rotten into something magical”.

EtymologyEdit

神奇臭腐臭腐化為神奇神奇化為臭腐 [Classical Chinese, trad.]
神奇臭腐臭腐化为神奇神奇化为臭腐 [Classical Chinese, simp.]
From: Zhuangzi, circa 3rd – 2nd centuries BCE
Shì qí suǒ měi zhě wéi shénqí, qí suǒ wù zhě wéi chòufǔ. Chòufǔhuàwéi shénqí, shénqí fù huàwéi chòufǔ. [Pinyin]
What we love is animation. What we hate is corruption. But corruption in its turn becomes animation, and animation once more becomes corruption.

PronunciationEdit


IdiomEdit

化腐朽為神奇

  1. to find a new use for something that has been discarded; to make a silk purse of a sow's ear