Nov 222014
 

Ah language. The venerable Chinese custom of applying, to any situation, aphorisms that date back centuries (or at least sound like they do). The equally marvelous American custom of expressing all things in only the most contemporary vernacular. Below is how the NY Times reported it last week:

On Tuesday evening, Mr. Xi invited Mr. Obama to dinner at his official residence, telling his guest he hoped they had laid the foundation for a collaborative relationship — or, as he more metaphorically put it, “A pool begins with many drops of water.”

Greeting Mr. Obama at the gate of the walled leadership compound next to the Forbidden City, Mr. Xi squired him across a brightly lighted stone bridge and into the residence. Mr. Obama told the Chinese president that he wanted to take the relationship “to a new level.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/12/world/asia/china-us-xi-obama-apec.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=a-lede-package-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

 

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