Monday, December 10, 2007

”Don't randomly touch emergency valve!"

80 sends this photo of a warning not to "randomly" touch the emergency valve.

The adverb in Chinese is 隨意 (sui2yi4) which means to do "as one pleases".

Clearly one shouldn't go about hitting emergency buttons at will, or "as one pleases" (Wenlin v3.3.6), but randomly? Randomly means "done without method or conscious decision" (OED), a condition clearly negated by a self-willed move to do "as one pleases."

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