tiger mothers and other tiggers

Paul Frank paulfrank at POST.HARVARD.EDU
Tue Jan 25 12:10:55 UTC 2011

> The OED has this: 1836 Â  Â J. F. Davis Chinese II. xv. 163 Â  A
> blustering, harmless fellow they [sc. the Chinese] call ‘a paper
> tiger’. Mao Zedong's favorite novel was the mid-16th century novel The
> Water Margin (Shuihuzhuan), which contains the expression in chapter
> 25.

Sorry, this is not clear. The OED has the 1836 quote. My comment is
that Mao's favorite novel contains the term "paper tiger" (zhihu).


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