点石成金diǎn shí chéng jīn To work something of no worth into something of value 独木不成林,单弦不成音dú mù bù chéng lín, dān xián bù chéng yīn Many things require people to work together to achieve an end 高不成低不就gāo bù chéng dī bù jiù Exaggerating one's self importance to the point of stubbornness 集腋成裘jí yè chéng qiú Make do with what you have 马到成功mǎ daò chéng gōng Gain immediate victory 木已成舟mù yǐ chéng zhōu Too late to change anything
告 gào to tell; to inform; to say
Made up of [口 kǒu mouth radical 30]
Probably originally a muzzle for cows ('mouth' + 'cow') or may be a warning shout 'mouth' that a bull is charging Full information for 告
Boys better than girls
There is still a preference for girls rather than boys, illegal gender selection is building up, there are now 119 boys for 100 girls. Traditionally boys stayed at or near home and worked with their family while girls left the village to be married off to another family. For a family to continue it therefore needed boys. Boys were also needed in the important ancestral rituals. Nowadays with severe birth control policies, couples prefer boys in order to continue the family line. Read More
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