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Discussion -> Textual issues -> 亭之毒之 in 第五十一章

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2017-03-21 20:49:45亭之毒之 in 第五十一章
Posted by: unclemonkey (David Knapp)No dictionary I've consulted gives 毒 a meaning that fits in with the notion of nurturing: it's always "noxious" or "poisonous" or thereabouts. I don't have any of the old commentaries accessible now. Can anybody clear this up for me?

2017-03-26 20:56:04亭之毒之 in 第五十一章
Posted by: lotus_genieAncient Chinese will occasionally have one character substituted for another of similar pronunciation. It's a sort of ancient slang. In this case, "毒" has been substituted for "督", a word pronounced the same way by the standards of the time



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