名不正,则言不顺

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Mandarin[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From the Analects of Confucius: If the name is incorrect, then words will not follow.

Proverb[edit]

名不正,则言不顺 (simplified, Pinyin míng bù zhèng, zé yán bù shùn, traditional 名不正,則言不順)

  1. You must first properly define an issue in order to talk about it intelligently.

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