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Words of the Day: Jie Jie Gao (rising steadily)

Posted: Thursday, March 25, 2010 By Ni Hao Books

The Words of the Day for today is 节节高,jié jié gāo (rising steadily). It's a part of a very popular Chinese idiom. The first part of the idiom is 芝麻开花, zhī má kāi huā (sesame flower in bloom). This idiom is mostly used when people encourage each other to achieve high standards. It can also be a nice greeting, especially during Chinese New Year, when people wish each other to achieve more in the new year.

According to the book 100 Chinese-Two-Part Allegorical Sayings, "when sesame is in bloom, each flower grows higher than the last, and the stem rises joint by joint. The flowers grow continuously as the stem rises. This idiom thus is used to describe either ever-rising living standards or making steady progress in thoughts, studies, or skills."

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