A humidifier in the rainy season


Literally: summer – furnace – winter – fan

Alternately: Useless things. Things inappropriate to the situation, including skills, ideas, or opinions. Sources of warmth in the summer, sources of cooling in the winter, or perhaps pathological narcissists in a democratic government.

Notes: may be written as (an alternate form of the same character) without any change in meaning or pronunciation, although this version is rare. And while the character on its own means “hearth” or “furnace,” in this context it refers specifically to heating devices, such as braziers of hot coals, rather than to a fire being used for work.

This compound is attributed to the Lunheng, a collection of essays from the Eastern Han dynasty in the first century CE.


Updated for the modern age.

About Confanity

I love the written word more than anything else I've had the chance to work with. I'm back in the States from Japan for grad school, but still studying Japanese with the hope of becoming a translator -- or writer, or even teacher -- as long as it's something language-related.
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