September 19, 2010 2 Comments
I just recently learned from a post on the cantodict forums that there is a set of phrases in the format 無X無X. I hadn’t heard of these, so I went through the cantodict dictionary and made a list of the ones I could find.
Supposedly there are are a lot more out there, so feel free to contribute more – I’d love to learn new ones!
|無依無靠||mou4 yi1 mou4 kaau3||no one to rely on|
|無情無義||mou4 ching4 mou4 yi6||without emotion nor sense of justice|
|無法無天||mou4 faat3 mou4 tin1||outlaw|
|無拘無促||mou4 keui1 mou4 chuk1||freedom|
|無穿無爛||mou4 chyun1 mou4 laan6||still in good condition|
|無憂無慮||mou4 yau1 mou4 leui6||without worries|
|無根無蔃||mou4 gan1 mou4 keung2||without roots; not rooted|
|無時無刻||mou4 si4 mou4 hak1||at any time|
|無窮無盡||mou4 kung4 mou4 yeun6||inexhaustible; unlimited|
But actually, my favorite new phrase is that I learned in searching for these, is 瓜無滖圓, 人無十全 . This is pronounced “gwa1 mou4 gwan2 yun4 yan4 mou4 sap6 chyun4”. The meaning is that nothing is perfect, but the literal meaning is “melons are not perfectly round, people are not perfect”.