Zhuangzi glossary


Lodged words

寓言 yùyán. 2:06, 2:07, and 2:12 describe 寓 , "lodging," as an alternative to insisting. As I understand it, this means exploring different ways to see something without insisting on one of them as right. It is a form of 因是 yīn shì, "going along with things." In practice, this could mean proposing a hypothetical definition of terms, as in "If people could shoot first and set their targets afterwards, then everyone in the world would be as good as Archer Yi, yes?" "Yes." (8:01). Or it could simply mean speaking from the mouths of fictional characters.