割雞焉用牛刀

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Mandarin[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

  1. ^ Confucius was visiting his disciple Yan Yan, who was commandant of Wucheng at the time.
  2. ^ Confucius was joking with his disciple, suggesting that ritual court music might be a bit over the top, when considering that Wucheng was such a lowly assignment.
  3. ^ Yan Yan is suggesting that even though Wucheng is a small outpost, its civil servants should still be educated in proper court etiquette.

Proverb[edit]

割雞焉用牛刀 (traditional, Pinyin gējī yān yòng niúdāo, simplified 割鸡焉用牛刀)

  1. Why use an ox cleaver to kill a chicken?

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References[edit]

  • "割雞焉用牛刀" (in Mandarin), Guoyu Cidian On-line Mandarin Dictionary (國語辭典). URL accessed on 2008-02-28.

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