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    #1

    intellectually-inbred

    Here's a secret that sinologists won't tell you: A passage in classical Chinese can be understood only if you already know what the passage says in the first place. This is because classical Chinese really consists of several centuries of esoteric anecdotes and in-jokes written in a kind of terse, miserly code for dissemination among a small, elite group of intellectually-inbred bookworms who already knew the whole literature backwards and forwards, anyway.
    (Why Chinese Is So Damn Hard)

    Would you be so kind to explain to me what 'intellectually-inbred' means here?

    Thanks.

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    Re: intellectually-inbred

    They pass the same ideas around among the group, never letting any new ideas come in from the outside. As inbreeding in livestock or people leads to an inferior breed, such is the same with ideas. When they are not challenged by outside ideas, the thoughts of a group become weak.

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