Zhuangzi glossary



This phrase, 逕庭 jìngtíng, appears nowhere else in the early Chinese corpus and later uses all stem from this instance. Jìng means "path" and a tíng is a courtyard, so the commentators interpret it as meaning narrow corridors and open courts; i.e. inconsistencies. It is, however, once again a rhyming reduplicative, and I suspect used here as much for its sound as anything else.