Today's Mandarin learning in BeijingStir-frying sleeve-fish
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- A. Stir-frying sleeve-fish
- B. Fire, dismiss or expel someone
- C. A & B
- D. DBeing fired or dismissed
炒鱿鱼 chǎo yóu yú
Firstly, let’s probe into the literal meaning. “炒chǎo”，which means stir-frying. “鱿鱼yóu yú”means sleeve-fish. As you see, it’s a dish name. By now you may have a question mark in your brain: how does this dish name matter with firing someone.
It derives from a previous parlance. In the old time of China, employers didn’t offer covering or mattress, so employees had to bring them by themselves. Once they were fired or expelled, they had to roll up their bedclothes. Because being dismissed or fired sounds sharp and acid, people are willing to use rolling up their bedclothes to imply that they are fired. Speaking of “炒鱿鱼 chǎo yóu yú”,if you observe carefully, you can find out every flat filet will gradually roll up into a cylinder. The process is like rolling up the bedclothes a lot, so people begin to use “炒鱿鱼 chǎo yóu yú” this phrase to refer to fire or expel someone.
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