阿堵物

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Chinese[edit]

this; money thing; object; matter
simp. and trad.
(阿堵物)
阿堵

Etymology[edit]

In reference to an anecdote attributed to Wang Yan (aka Yifu, 256–311) in the New Account of the Tales of the World (5th century), who was said to have a morbid taboo against money and the mere mentioning of it:

未嘗不得:「阿堵物。」 [Classical Chinese, trad.]
未尝不得:“阿堵物。” [Classical Chinese, simp.]
From: Liu Yiqing (editor), A New Account of the Tales of the World, 5th century CE
Wáng Yífǔ yǎ shàng xuán yuǎn, cháng jí qí fù tānzhuó, kǒu wèicháng yán “qián” zì. Fù yù shìzhī, lìng bì yǐ qián rǎo chuáng, bùdé xíng. Yífǔ chénqǐ, jiàn qián hé xíng, hū bì yuē: “Jǔ què ādǔwù.” [Pinyin]
Wang Yifu, a highly refined and profoundly spiritual person, disapproved of his wife's "worldly greed", and he refrained from uttering any word that referred to money. His wife, determined to try him, made a maidservant encircle his couch with coins and thus trapped him inside. When Yifu awoke the next morning and saw the coins blocking his way, he called aloud to the maid and said: "Take away these stuff."

Pronunciation[edit]



Rime
Character
Reading # 1/1 1/2 1/1
Initial () (34) (5) (4)
Final () (94) (23) (60)
Tone (調) Level (Ø) Rising (X) Checked (Ø)
Openness (開合) Open Open Closed
Division () I I III
Fanqie
Reconstructions
Zhengzhang
Shangfang
/ʔɑ/ /tuoX/ /mɨut̚/
Pan
Wuyun
/ʔɑ/ /tuoX/ /miut̚/
Shao
Rongfen
/ʔɑ/ /toX/ /miuət̚/
Edwin
Pulleyblank
/ʔa/ /tɔX/ /mut̚/
Li
Rong
/ʔɑ/ /toX/ /miuət̚/
Wang
Li
/ɑ/ /tuX/ /mĭuət̚/
Bernard
Karlgren
/ʔɑ/ /tuoX/ /mi̯uət̚/
Expected
Mandarin
Reflex
ē

Noun[edit]

阿堵物

  1. (literary, euphemistic or sarcastic) money