S2E05-A Man of Great Inability-滥竽充数
Everybody knows of someone who can be described by this Chinese Saying. In this week’s musical Chinese Saying we look at the lazy poser Mr. Nanguo and his brief career as a Yu player in an all-Yu Orchestra and the wonderful story that gave us a nice useful saying.
TERMS FROM THIS EPISODE:
King of Qí (Qí Xuān Wáng) 齐宣王 King of the Qi State, reigned 319 to 301 BCE
Shāndōng 山东 Coastal province in the north
Línzī 临淄 Ancient capital of Qi
Zībó 淄博 City in Shandong where Linzi was located
Mèngzǐ 孟子 Mencius, one of the great philosophers
Yuán Mù Qiú Yú 缘木求鱼 to climb a tree to catch a fish from Season 1
Hán Fēi 韩非子 Master Han Fei, philosopher and father of Legalism
Qín Shǐhuáng 秦始皇 The First Emperor and Qin Dynasty founder
Nèi chǔ shuō shàng 内储说书 The section of the Han Feizi from which our Chinese Saying sprang forth
Làn Yú Chōng Shù 滥竽充数 To indiscriminately choose a Yu player to fill out the orchestra
Làn 滥 to overflow, excessive, indiscriminate
Yú 竽 a kind of ancient Chinese woodwind instrument with multiple bamboo pipes all attached together.
Chōng 充 sufficient, full, to pretend or pose as something
chōng nèiháng 充内行 to pretend to be an expert.
shù 数 number or amount.
Mr. Nánguō 南郭先生 The star of our episode…a man of great inability
Fùxìng 复姓 two character surnames
King Mǐn (Qí Mǐn Wáng) 齐泯王 Last king of Qi, reigned from 300-284 BCE
làn yú 滥竽 a Yú player indiscriminately chosen
chōng shù 充数 to make up the necessary number required….