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    Does anyone know what this sentence means?

    On the blackboard at the back of the classroom today, I saw the following:

    "The great man often thinks of the white days in his life"

    Underneath the word 'white' - in brackets - was the Chinese word for 'happy' (Ҹ). No one seemed to know who wrote it; and therefore, where the sentence was sourced from.

    Anyone ever heard of the word 'white' to mean 'happy'??

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    Re: Does anyone know what this sentence means?

    Quote Originally Posted by shane
    On the blackboard at the back of the classroom today, I saw the following:

    "The great man often thinks of the white days in his life"

    Underneath the word 'white' - in brackets - was the Chinese word for 'happy' (Ҹ). No one seemed to know who wrote it; and therefore, where the sentence was sourced from.

    Anyone ever heard of the word 'white' to mean 'happy'??
    I haven't heard "white" used that way, but the reverse is certainly true. A "black" day is one that is a bad one indeed.

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    I've heard of salad days, but not white ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I've heard of salad days, but not white ones.
    Maybe it is a Chinese thing. :wink:

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    I'd love to meet the person who wrote it, to find out what they meant :wink:

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    I did a google search, but was all winter stuff, which I don't think fits.

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    Re: Does anyone know what this sentence means?

    Quote Originally Posted by shane
    On the blackboard at the back of the classroom today, I saw the following:

    "The great man often thinks of the white days in his life"

    Underneath the word 'white' - in brackets - was the Chinese word for 'happy' (Ҹ). No one seemed to know who wrote it; and therefore, where the sentence was sourced from.

    Anyone ever heard of the word 'white' to mean 'happy'??
    Hi Shane,

    I found this in Google, which appears to be the origin of the phrase:

    FAVORABLE, FORTUNATE <one of the white days of his life -- Sir Walter Scott> (from http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionar...onary&va=white

    ...and also in para. 13 of http://www.bartleby.com/304/39.html

    Dictionary.com provides the following:

    5. Characterized by freedom from that which disturbs, and the like; fortunate; happy; favorable.

    On the whole, however, the dominie reckoned this as one of the white days of his life. --Sir W. Scott.


    http://dictionary.reference.com/sear...ite%20elephant

    Hope that helps!
    I'm not a teacher, so please consider any advice I give in that context.


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    I'd say you've helped everyone here, not just me!!

    Thanks Red5!! :D

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    No problem!
    I'm not a teacher, so please consider any advice I give in that context.

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    Cute.

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