S4E02 | They Smilin' in Your Face

08.27.2021 - By The Chinese Sayings Podcast

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Remember that O'Jay's tune from 1972, "Backstabbers"?  They must have had Tang Dynasty chancellor Li Linfu in mind.  The story behind our Chinese Saying for this time 口蜜腹剑 tells the story of this 8th-century politician/official who served the great Emperor Xuanxong (玄宗). All the time, they want to take your place, the backstabbers (backstabbers). Beware of those with a honey mouth and a dagger in their belly. Kǒu Mì Fù Jiàn.

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