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A midden of lucre

掃き溜めと金持ちは溜まるほど汚い (Hakidame to kanemochi wa tamaru hodo kitanai; “Dunghills and money get dirtier as they accumulate”) Definition: The more money someone has, the more money they want; an increase in wealth tends to bring increasing greed and selfishness rather than … Continue reading

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Voiceless it cries, wingless flutters, toothless bites, mouthless mutters

Intro: A kotowaza from old Buddhist Japan, as relevant as ever in postmodern America. 地獄の沙汰も金次第 (Jigoku no sata mo kane shidai; “Even your sentence in hell depends on money”) Definition: “Money is the best lawyer in hell.” “Money talks.” Everything in the … Continue reading

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Setting: A Cultural Miscellany for Fair Vickelt

Languages The large part of the Archipelago’s business is conducted in a pidgin tongue called Pata Ila.  Every island speaks a different dialect, but in general any one speaker can understand any other.  Pata Ila shares a number of points … Continue reading

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