hủ mộc bất khả điêu

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Vietnamese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Chinese: 朽木不可雕也,糞土之牆,不可杇也.

Idiom[edit]

hủ mộc bất khả điêu

  1. (literally) A piece of rotten wood cannot be turned into something beautiful.
  2. (idiomatic) It is pointless to try to teach a lazy pupil.