They Smilin’ In Your Face | S04E02 | The Chinese Sayings Podcast

They Smilin’ In Your Face | S04E02 | The Chinese Sayings Podcast

welcome back again lasla montgomery here another good and decent chongyu worthy of any self-respecting compendium of chinese idioms call me fujien a classic going back to the tong jin presented to the northern song emperor yinzong in 1084 by one of the great literati of an age of great literati besides being a veritable depository of great chinese idioms this historical events retold as a mirror for government was a history of china from 403 to 959 the start of the 16 kingdoms to the fall of the later joe and the unification of the north and south of the country by zhao huang yin who founded the song in 960. and from this great document from these official histories commissioned by emperors throughout the dynasties we get a whole slew of halfway decent chunkiers including this one komi fujin a mouth of honey and a dagger in the belly these four characters well ko is mouth me his honey foo is your belly abdomen or stomach and a gin is a double-edged sword mouth honey stomach or belly sword yeah this is one of those that could be anything you need to know the backstory and this one goes back to the tang dynasty the time of emperor shenzhong whose cairn era was a golden age during this dynasty and the villain in the story is his chancellor for 18 years li lin fu he dominated the tongue government during his long run as chancellor and shenzong trusted him with his life the thing about li linfu was that he was known for the way he would flatter you to your face and the way he went on and on with emperor shenzhong it was it was the stuff of legends he would butter up the emperor like nothing else and he knew how to always stay in shenzhen’s good graces and not only to the emperor even to everyone else at court to their face he would be nothing except the most genteel self-effacing respectful complementary person you could imagine i mean even being such a high-ranking person in the government right-hand man to the emperor well he couldn’t say enough good things to his fellow officials to their face when he saw them but one thing about lilian fu he was a very jealous and paranoid guy and had a compulsive fear that someone else at court might outshine him and replace him so whenever the emperor would ask him about promoting so and so li linfu would assure the emperor bad choice and he would say a few things to disparage the integrity of the man and man that was that shenzhong would perish the thought and that guy who li linfo stabbed in the back well that same morning the chancellor just couldn’t have been more commendatory praising him up and down and applauding his daily work but when it came time to put in a good word for him to the emperor they stabbed him in the back gave false accusations and li lin fu was notorious for this and for years and years good and capable officials were denied promotions or to serve in positions of power because didn’t want anyone getting a leg up on him or even get close to the emperor who he manipulated with flattery and through a network of spies that informed him of every single conversation encounter whisper and secret that went on in the nating the inner palace where the emperor lived and what ended up happening over time was that with so many capable officials denied key positions in government what the emperor got instead was a lot of mediocrity and ho-hum ministers who were beholden to li linfu and without proper stewardship of this greatest empire that china had ever seen in its history things indeed deteriorated and lilian food died in 753 and within a few years the whole dynasty was in danger of being torn down by the devastation of the unluchan rebellion of 755-763 so this one is useful people today are still by nature still the same as they were in the 8th century and the classic two-faced backstabber who’s so pleasant and nice to you when you’re face to face with them but destroys you when he talks to others about you behind your back never goes out of style maybe some of you have had the misfortune to be acquainted with one or two of these types their mouth is honey cold meat but in their belly lies a sword call me pleco defines this chinese saying is honey-mouthed and dagger-hearted hypocritical and malignant with an iron hand and a velvet glove a judas kiss hypocritical and murderous stay away from these types with their glove tie and firm handshake sudden look in the eye and their easy smile lilian foo by the way he got his in the end after he died someone went to shenzong and just dumped on him accused lil info of all these terrible things he did to cause trouble for the emperor and because of this and giving lilian foo a funeral fit for a king with all kinds of posthumous honors he had him stripped of everything and given a commoners funeral and a commoner’s grave and for good measure because you know this was one of the things they used to do back in those days they exiled his whole family to a place much less pleasant to live than the capital chung on so if you know someone at work at the gym amongst your group of friends and colleagues and one of them is always nice to you but you suspect they’re trashing you when you ain’t around they are called me food be careful around these ko mi fujian people in person and online okay that’s today’s chinese saying this is a very well known chengyu but like it is with a lot of these chinese idioms there’s always some story that goes with it and that mizami is the whole raison d’etre of the chinese sayings podcast all right that’s all i got for you today hey don’t forget besides this fine program suitable for people of all ages there’s also the t history podcast and the flagship program of the whole tcup media network the china history podcast find those fine programs wherever podcasts are given away free you can also find them at the website at tcup.media everything is in there all in one place along with downloadable pdfs of all the chinese terms used in the episode shop at my store buy a t-shirt 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