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和尚打傘——無法無天

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to use or to open an umbrella . It occupies the space of two characters in the center of the line. It is called.}} no respect for law and order; unruly
trad. (和尚打傘——無法無天) 和尚 打傘 —— 無法無天
simp. (和尚打伞——无法无天) 和尚 打伞 —— 无法无天

EtymologyEdit

Literally: (like a) monk holding up an umbrella ― no (respect for) law[notes 1] and order[notes 2]. A Chinese pun for lawless and hairless.

PronunciationEdit


IdiomEdit

和尚打傘——無法無天

  1. (xiehouyu) no respect for law and order; unruly

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Buddhist monks are bald. In other words, they have no hair. The Mandarin pronunciation for "hair" is fǎ ( as in 頭髮), which is homophonous with the word for "law" ( as in 法紀). Therefore, wúfǎ is a play on words; it can mean either ("no hair") or ("no law"). The Cantonese pronunciation for 無髮 and 無法 are also the same.
  2. ^ An umbrella blocks the sky. The Mandarin word for "sky" (tiān, ) is also used in the compound for "heavenly justice" (tiānlǐ, 天理). Therefore, wútiān (, "no sky") reminds one of the phrase wú tiānlǐ (天理, "no justice").