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is the slang "to go west" originally from Chinese?
2 февр. 2011 г., 8:54
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"GO WEST, YOUNG MAN, GO WEST" was an expression first used by John Babsone Lane Soule in the Terre Haute Express in 1851. It appealed to Horace Greeley, who rephrased it slightly in an editorial in the New York Tribune on 13 July 1865: "Go West, young man, and grow up with the country." When the phrase gained popularity, Greeley printed Soule's article to show the source of his inspiration. The phrase captured the imaginations of clerks, mechanics, and soldiers returning from the American Civil War, many of whom moved west to take up a homestead.
3 февраля 2011 г.
Go west - be lost or destroyed; die This phrase was popularised by the First World War; because the Western Front generally ran north/south, with British troops facing east, a dead or injured soldier who was transferred from the scene of fighting to behind the lines would go west. But the idea is older than that and is based on a common literary comparison between death and the setting of the sun in the west (India maybe). ...There are also references in literature to people going west to be hanged at Tyburn, which was used for executions from the 12th century until 1783 and which in those days lay well to the west of London, near what is now Marble Arch. There is no mention of China here.
2 февраля 2011 г.
2 февраля 2011 г.
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