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Posted by chance on January 22, 2010 at 11:54:13:

The Chinese word for "crisis" (simplified Chinese: Σ; traditional Chinese: ΣC; pinyin: wij; Wade-Giles: wei-chi) is frequently invoked in motivational speaking along with the fallacious statement that the two characters it is composed of represent "danger" and (supposedly) "opportunity." Many linguists consider this idea to be a fanciful folk etymology, since the character j alone does not necessarily mean "opportunity."



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