Friday, March 16, 2018

Rawr


I've always liked the idiom Paper Tiger.  Would that be death by 1000 paper cuts?


From vocabulary.com

A paper tiger is someone who at first glance seems to be in charge but who, on closer examination, is completely powerless.
This phrase comes from an old Chinese idiom, which describes a paper tiger as a "blustering, harmless fellow," and which was popularized when Mao Zedong was quoted in 1956 calling the United States a paper tiger. 

Meee-ow

13 comments:

Ted Blackman said...

I used to be a Big Shot, but now I'm just a little shot. But I have less stress. Hi Bella!

roughterrain crane said...

I want to cut out a tiger, too. I've heard China in early 19th century was called "a sleeping tiger".

Ces Adorio said...

Mao Zedong was hiding in the mountains when Japan came to invade China. It wasn’t China who liberated Europe from the Nazis and it wasn’t China who liberated Asia from the Japanese. History aside, being cut into a paper tiger or any nothing for that matter, by you is always a privilege. ❤️

Ces Adorio said...

***anything***

Cindy D. said...

Oh my goodness, how clever and charming is that! Brilliant illustration of the term. :D

Bella Sinclair said...

Oh, I'm always up for less stress. Less stress is good. Hi, Mr. Ted!

Hello, Roughterrain Crane. I wonder what kind of tiger Xi will turn China into....

Ces! Oh, my Ces! Hmm, what shape would I cut for you? Certainly not a tiger. Maybe a great oak? ❤️

Aw, shucks, Cindy. Methinks you are too generous. But thank you.

Tim said...

Today one of my kids was at a program where one of the leaders was making origami. "what kind of animal would you like?" she asked. "Tiger," he replied. So we have a paper tiger too!

Julie Vallejo said...

Freaky that I found this. Today I awoke for the day because my last dream was about mountain lions being taken over by two white tigers that was chasing a guy on a bicycle.

Bella Sinclair said...

Hi, Tim. Hehehe, I bet your tiger is cooler than mine. I love origami.
Julie, wow, that's a lot of big cats for one dream! I feel bad for the guy on the bike.

Tammie Lee said...

You know, I never knew what a paper tiger meant. I just had a neighbors dog come over here and bark, i wasn't even outside. I am told she is a scaredy-cat, any relation to a paper tiger? HUM.

Well your piece is a joy to see and I believe it is the boy who is the one in charge.
He is quite talented too.

martinealison said...

Bonjour ma chère Bella,

Une superbe illustration, une oeuvre qui interroge !
Je ne connais pas trop la symbolisation du tigre en papier... Je dirais que ce serait quelque chose qui pourrait être menaçant mais qui en réalité est inoffensif...
Menaçant et à la fois majestueux par le côté fauve et inoffensif comme la fragilité du papier...

Pour sourire... ma fille se prénomme Fauve !

Gros bisous 🎀

Andrea said...

Perfection! Roar!

Andrew Finnie said...

This is good. You are good.

These tigers - if you send them over I will iron them out (or flat)