I was really pleased to find this 成语 chéngyǔ.

I was really pleased to find this 成语 chéngyǔ.

五十步笑百步 --  wǔshí bù xiào bǎibù -- The pot calling the kettle black.  a literal translation "those who retreat fifty steps laugh at those who retreat one hundred steps"

The phrase "The pot calling the kettle black" is an idiom used to claim that a person is guilty of the very thing of which they accuse another. Wikipedia

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Comment by jono1001 on December 26, 2012 at 4:59am

Thanks Corinne.  I am indeed a 成语 noob.  I posted on my blog  I have not learned a single 成语 chéngyǔ not so long ago...

Then I realized one year ago I posted on my blog 人山人海 and not realized it was a 成语。I think this is the first one I ever learned. 

Thanks for your clarification.  Have you any more ‘Killer’ 成语 to share.

For a New Year post I have found an excellent one !

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Comment by Corinne Dillon on December 25, 2012 at 10:46pm

I love this idiom as well. FYI: This is not a 成语, though: it's a 俗语 (idiom, folk expression.)

成语are always 4 character expressions, for example: 有备无患 (lit: have preparation, no worry)

Happy Studying!

Comment by angel shen on December 22, 2012 at 12:49pm

I give you the link (http://baike.baidu.com/view/210.htm),I hope this can help you understand the meaning.


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Comment by Seraph Ching on December 20, 2012 at 11:34am

Ohhh thanks, now I know the Engilsh veresion. :)


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Comment by sikora on December 19, 2012 at 9:27pm

That's a good one.  It's a bit more obvious than the English phrase as well, since most people aren't cooking over a fireplace these days!

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