“Calling a spade a spade” and “calling a deer a horse”

“Calling a spade a spade” and “calling a deer a horse”

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One chengyu (Chinese idiomatic expression) that is derived from an incident involving Zhao Gao is “point to a deer and call it a horse” (指鹿為馬; zhǐlù-wéimǎ) or “calling a deer a horse“, meaning “deliberate misrepresentation for ulterior purposes”.[2] The Records of the Grand Historian records that Zhao Gao, in an attempt to control the Qin government,
devised a loyalty test for court officials using a deer and horse:

Zhao Gao was contemplating treason but was afraid the
other officials would not heed his commands, so he decided to test them
first. He brought a deer and presented it to the Second Emperor
but called it a horse. The Second Emperor laughed and said, “Is the
chancellor perhaps mistaken, calling a deer a horse?” Then the emperor
questioned those around him. Some remained silent, while some, hoping to
ingratiate themselves with Zhao Gao, said it was a horse, and others
said it was a deer. Zhao Gao secretly arranged for all those who said it
was a deer to be brought before the law and had them executed
instantly. Thereafter the officials were all terrified of Zhao Gao. Zhao
Gao gained military power as a result of that. (tr. Watson 1993:70)

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhao_Gao

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qin_Shi_Huang

The Western World is now going through that ancient experience. A spade cannot be called a spade any more or the speaker would be Politically Incorrect and labeled “Fascist”, “Denier”, “anti-$******” !

When this type of phenomenon arises there is certainly someone trying to rule the population by insidious means (A new USA Amendment to Define Words and Prohibit Against their Unauthorized Modification is required. posted on 2019 Aug. 26.).

Example 1:

Security

Security: noun, plural se·cu·ri·ties. freedom from danger, risk, etc.; safety. https://www.dictionary.com/browse/security

However

A security is a tradable financial asset. The term commonly refers to any form of financial instrument,but its legal definition varies by jurisdiction. In some countries and languages the term “security” is commonly used in day-to-day parlance to mean any form of financial instrument, even though the underlying legal and regulatory regime may not have such a broad definition. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Security_(finance)

Example 5:

Semitic people

Semites, Semitic peoples or Semitic cultures was a term for an ethnic, cultural or racial group. The terminology is now largely obsolete outside thegrouping “Semitic languages” in linguistics. First used in the 1770s by members of the Göttingen School of History, this Biblical terminology
for race was derived from Shem, one of the three sons of Noah in the Book of Genesis, together with the parallel terms Hamites and Japhetites. In archaeology, the term is sometimes used informally as “a kind of shorthand” for ancient Semitic-speaking peoples

.for race was derived from Shem, one of the three sons of Noah in the Book of Genesis, together with the parallel terms Hamites and Japhetites. In archaeology, the term is sometimes used informally as “a kind of shorthand” for ancient Semitic-speaking peoples. Wikipedia

The prefix anti means against, opposed to, opposite of, counteracting.

The prefix anti- is derived from the Greek word anti which means against, instead of, opposite of. Some examples of words using the prefix anti- are antibiotic which is a medicine that acts against microbes, antidote which is a medicine that acts against poison and antimatter which is a substance that is the opposite of matter. Anti- is a prefix that is often used to coin new, hyphenated words such as anti-elitist or anti-globalist.

https://grammarist.com/prefix/ante-vs-anti/

However

References.

[1]. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhao_Gao

[2]. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qin_Shi_Huang

[3]. https://www.dictionary.com/browse/security

[4]. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Security_(finance)

[5]. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semitic_people

[6]. https://grammarist.com/prefix/ante-vs-anti/

[7]. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antisemitism

[8]. A new USA Amendment to Define Words and Prohibit Against their Unauthorized Modification is required. posted on 2019 Aug. 26.

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