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A storm in a wine cup

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子曰:「觚不觚,觚哉!觚哉!」
Confucius said: “A cornered chalice without any corners. How can that be called a cornered chalice? How can that be called a cornered chalice?”

A 觚 () was originally a vessel or container with a square base and a round cup on top that was used for wine offerings in ancient Shang Dynasty ritual ceremonies – though obviously the one that Confucius is ranting about here was of a different shape. Continue reading A storm in a wine cup