Where's the rub?

2009-01-16 12:41

"There's the rub" is the idiom in question here. This phrase, which was introduced, or rather popularized by none other than the great William Shakespeare, is often used as a tempering counter point to an argument that has just been made during a conversation.

One tux a term?

2009-01-20 14:05

Please explain this sentence – "One tux a term. That's our idea of outreach to the Washington community" (George Bush's legacy - The frat boy ships out, The Economist, January 15, 2009) – and "One tux a term" in particular.

不折腾

2009-01-13 10:37

So many have asked me about “不折腾”, as in “不动摇、不松懈、不折腾”, a new three-nope mantra put forward by President Hu Jintao in a speech last month to mark the 30th anniversary of the opening-up policy championed by the late Deng Xiaoping.

Naked truths

2009-01-12 11:05

This month last year, a bunch of snapshots of Hong Kong star Edison Chen and several starlets engaged in extremely explicit scenes surfaced online.

Teachers are not children's punching bags

2009-01-07 14:18

A middle school in Jinan, capital of Shandong province, set up an "emotion venting room" recently, placing punching bags that students could hit to vent their feelings of anger, resentment, frustration and depression. On the bags were painted faces of the school's headmaster and other officials.

Why learning Chinese is easier in Year of the Ox

2009-01-05 10:41

Britney Spears wants to stop biting her nails, Cameron Diaz wants to stop smoking and start wearing a bra, and I want to speak Chinese. We all have different New Year's resolutions and maybe in 2009 there's a few expats who will share my wish.

Movie magic in 2008

2008-12-29 10:32

This has been an uneven year for Chinese cinema. On the one hand box-office revenues are expected to reach a new high, on the other hand mediocrity still reigns supreme. This makes it a daunting task to pick 10 shining examples of cinematic excellence.

What's in a number? No great fortune

2008-12-31 10:28

Last Thursday, China Daily reported a bizarre story about the owner of a cheap automobile who "spent a fortune on a lucky license plate" in Foshan, Guangdong province.

How to read a book

2008-12-26 14:02

Reading a story through a line of words and sentences is like walking down a long narrow zigzagging road.

Promote rural consumption

2008-12-24 11:42

It has become common sense to say that "expanding domestic consumption" is the best way China can take to stave off the impact of the global economic recession. Governments at various levels have all drafted plans to invest money in projects to stimulate consumption. The problem is, what kind of consumption will it be?

Gain currency

2008-12-23 14:10

"Currency" has nothing to do with, well, money. Here it means popularity. For reports, or ideas and principles for that matter, to gain currency is for them to get widespread.

Escaping the mighty power of the ring

2008-12-22 11:00

I am trying to muster the courage to throw away my mobile phone in a bid to enjoy a more peaceful and ring-free life.

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