"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.
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.
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.
This month last year, a bunch of snapshots of Hong Kong star Edison Chen and several starlets engaged in extremely explicit scenes surfaced online.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Reading a story through a line of words and sentences is like walking down a long narrow zigzagging road.
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?
"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.
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.