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Iain:  I cannot improve on Prof. Mair’s demolition job.

That character ji the good Prof. goes on about is also the first in jiguanqiang = “machine-gun.”  This was my wife’s nickname at college.  She used to talk a lot, and very fast.  She has since slowed down, thank God.

When I first got my hands on a good Chinese-language book of Chinese proverbs, I made it a habit, every time I saw some apothegm or other described (in an English newspaper or magazine article, I mean) as “an ancient Chinese proverb,” of sifting through the Chinese book to see if I could find it.  I never could.

John Derbyshire — Mr. Derbyshire is a former contributing editor of National Review.

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