Monday, December 20, 2010

藏頭露尾

"A group of [South Korean] professors believe that the government has tried to hide the truth rather than clearing suspicions" and "selected the four-letter Chinese phrase 'Jangdunomi' (藏頭露尾) as an idiom to characterize the year 2010" — 'Hidden truth' represents 2010.

"The phrase describes an ostrich which, when being chased by an enemy, buries its head underground but still exposes its tail," explains Kim Rahn. "It also denotes that a person may try to hide the truth but the truth has already been disclosed, meanwhile he or she is in constant fear lest the truth come to light."

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