Meaning of the Idiom
dai ruo mu ji（Dumb as a wooden chicken）
During the Warring States Period (475-221BC), cockfighting was an activity for aristocrats to enjoy themselves. The King of Qi was a fan of cockfighting. In order to win the cockfighting field, the king of Qi asked an expert, Ji Shengzi, to train his chickens for him.
The king of Qi was eager to win the battle. A few days later, he sent someone to ask ji Shengzi, “The chicken is not well trained. When it sees its opponent, it is eager to try and will not be calm.”
A few days later, the King of Qi sent someone to ask Ji Shengzi again. Ji said, “It is not ready yet. It looks like the chicken is still, but it is not composed enough.”
After several more days, Ji Shengzi finally said to the man, “Please tell the King of Qi that I have worked hard to train the chickens well.” When it came to the cock fighting, his opponent’s chicken screamed and jumped, but Ji Shengzi’s trained chicken looked like a wooden chicken. There was no reaction at all. The other chickens were scared away when they saw his dumb look. Therefore, the king of Qi used the chicken to fight others, and naturally won. Forget his happy look.
Later, people extended this idiom to mean very stupid, but also to mean looking dazed with fear or surprise.
[dāi ruò mù jī]，原意指呆得像木头雕成的鸡一样，形容一个人有些痴傻发愣的样子，或因恐惧或惊异而发愣的样子。
Reading The Paragraphs!
Meaning of Words
|crave for greatness and success|
|strong and vigorous|
|be grand and heroic|
|Be very much puzzled by|