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Neither the long nor the short of it

帯に短し襷に長し (Obi ni mijikashi tasuki ni nagashi; “Short for a belt, long for a sleeve-strap”) Definition: In a midway state that precludes value that might be found at either extreme. Like a strip of cloth that is too short to … Continue reading

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A humidifier in the rainy season

夏炉冬扇 ka.ro.tou.sen 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 … Continue reading

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