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Nov 28, 2009

ക Chinese Idiom ~ AN OLD HORSE KNOWS THE WAY ~ 老馬識途 {Lǎomǎ shìtú}

"An Old Horse Knows the Way" ~ 老馬識途 
This story is about Duke Huan from the State of Qi, a battle over the State of Shanrong and Gu Zhu in spring and autumn period (770-476BC) which was a distance away from Qi. By the time the State of Shanrong and Gu Zhu was defeated winter sets in a little early. Duke Huan and his army lost their way back to Qi. His minister, Guan Zhong suggested to him, "Why not let the old horses to lead the way, they have excellent animal intuition". Sure enough the army followed the old horses and arrived home safely. Thus the Chinese idiom "An Old Horse Knows The Way" is to praise an experienced person who knows his job and role functions or his way very well. (Special thanks to Jeannie, my newfound Chinese teacher 老師 { lǎoshī } for her kind assistance, please click HERE to visit her blog and learn this idiom in Chinese/English with pīnyīn).


However on the other side of the coin if the idiom is misused it could be disastrous. This is a true sharing  by my optician, Mr AP Chong, about his observation if you were to add in certain Chinese words it could be fatal. Besides the two most popular words  of "Yam Seng" (bottoms up) at dinner functions, another four words that is notoriously hazardous to drinkers who frequently uttered 不醉不歸 {bùzui bùguī} (literally means 'no drunk no home'). Some mindset have not been changed as the idiom "An old horse knows the way" cannot be applicable in this instance anymore, it is obsolete. Those ancient days you can depend on your faithful old horse who knows the way home even when you are dead drunk but not in this new millennium. You either kill or be killed when you are driving under influence of alcohol, in short DUI. Drink all you can provided if you have someone to send you home.

Thanks to Irene Hoi for the email which many may have seen before but needed to be reminded regularly. It is very timely and related to the highlights of the danger of DUI as you can see below how devastating it could be to a lovely teenager where her future is totally wrecked by a freak DUI accident. (CAUTION : Graphic images maybe gruesome to some).


Jacqueline Saburido was hit by another car that was driven by a 17-year old male student on his way home after drinking a couple of hard packs with his friends. This was in December 1999. Jacqueline was caught in the burning car and her body was heavily burnt during around 45 seconds. After the accident Jacqueline has needed over 40 operations. Not everyone who gets hit by a car dies.

(Click on the picture for full details)

This picture was taken 4 years after the accident and the doctors are still working on Jacqueline, whose body was covered with 60% severe burns. Let's make as many people as we can to be aware of the consequences of drinking & driving.

Her traumatic condition moved me to tears as I was doing up this post. Let's pray for her speedy recovery. May she be well and happy, may she be free from mental and physical suffering and also to all the victims of DUI as well. Please have a heart, "DON'T DRINK & DRIVE".

26 Bunchesஇ:

Meichun Jones (Jeannie) said...

That is just so heart breaking...I will pray for all the victims.
Yes, please, don't drink and drive!

You are welcome and thanks for the mention and the link.

wenn said...

very sad..

Bananaz said...

Jeannie, million thanks to you for all the help

Wenn, welcome back hope to see lots of your HKG trip soon

CheaHS@n said...

Yeah its so dangerous I'm 101% support "DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE".

levian said...

oh gosh, poor girl, she suffered while the other guy survive?

Bananaz said...

levian, yeah! Saburido has stated that Stephey "destroyed my life, completely" but forgave him.

Bananaz said...

CheaHS@n, thank you

Autumn Belle @ KDP said...

You have 2 very important items in this post. First, its great to discover a website that makes learning chinese the fun and easy way. Secondly, my heart goes out to Jacqueline for the suffering she had to endure and the injustice done to her. I pray that she can soon lead a normal, happy life again. I hope more youngsters see this and learn before it is too late.

sweetromance said...

Such an awful shame to see an innocent young girl suffer so much. It's a shame people couldn't party within walking distance, or plan to spend the night. This kind of useless suffering would never occur.

Bananaz said...

Autumn Belle, thanks for dropping by your kind comments, we are all learning day by day and my wish for people not to 'stop' learning.ക

sweetromance, thanks for dropping by yes this is a sticky problem and accidents occur everyday. Hope people are more aware of the danger.ക

HappySurfer said...

Indeed, never drink and drive. Good story about the old horse.

Bananaz said...

HappySurfer, Yeah gimme a 5, thanks ക

[SK] said...

yes, i think we should always stay alert and vigilent while driving, let me teach you one more chinese idiom here.. 馬路如虎口 (ma3 lu4 ru2 hu3 kou3), go google up what it mean~~ :p

Bananaz said...

SK, thanks have check with MDBG Dictionary it means the road is as dangerous as the tiger's den. Nice to learn a new idiom. BTW saw the figures 3,4,2,3,3 next to the pinyin what does that mean? Xiexie ക

Shingo T said...

Don't drive.
Don't drink.

Not a hazard to others.
Not a hazard to myself.

Bananaz said...

Shingo T, Quite true thanks ക

fufu said...

yeah... there's a law here in germany... no bicycling if you drink =p

Ayie said...

I've read about this article before and I can't help but pity for what happened. Her life will never be the same but it's good that she survived.

Bananaz said...

fufu, oh! Something new. Yes may posed a danger to the public as well and most likely cause an accident to others. Thanks for the info.

Ayie, this is an old article just timely to go with the story. Her life is no longer the same, so sad. ക

Meichun Jones (Jeannie) said...

馬路如虎口 (ma3 lu4 ru2 hu3 kou3)
the figures 3,4,2,3,3 next to the pinyin are another way for tone marks.

1 means 1st tone.
2 means 2nd tone.
3 means 3rd tone.
4 means 4th tone.
no number means neutral tone.

See
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinyin
scroll down to "Numerals in place of tone marks" section.

jam said...

The best is do not drink at all, don't you think so?

Bananazക said...

Jeannie, TQVM no wonder. Xiexie

Jam, that would be most ideal but if you should need to get high at the least make sure someone's else, your spouse/friend is not drinking. I don't have that problem cos I followed your advice. TQ

jingle said...

great post,
it is horrible drunk driving,
one shall stop doing it because it hurts the whole family when accidents occur,

I am excited about your concern and warning regarding this issue,

I have posts about similar issues,

click on math on top of my blog,
go down, you can find math, positive thinking,rage free, stop drunk driving posts...two of them...

Keep up your excellence.

Anonymous said...

She's beautiful.

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