One article understand why say “speak of the devil, the devil appears”?


In our daily life, we often say “Speak of the devil and he will appear”, but many people do not know the origin of this sentence, today I use simple and clear, easy to understand the language to explain.”Speak of the devil and he will appear.” This saying from the Romance of The Three Kingdoms is full of Chinese cultural flavor. When speaking of this saying, the Chinese understand each other.It is usually used to describe the unexpected appearance of the speaker, often giving people a surprise.But think about it carefully, this is also worth pondering — so many people in history, why only Cao Cao at your beck and call?We all know that Cao Cao was a great hero in The Three Kingdoms period, a great poet and the founder of the State of Wei. Why was he so positive about “Answer to”?Speaking of this, I can’t help but think of a sketch program called “Torchbearers” in the 2008 CCTV Spring Festival Gala.The skit included a quiz question asking, “Who is the fastest man in the world?”A: “Speak of the devil and he will appear.”Later, inspired by the sketch, several college students in Xuchang, Henan province, opened an errand running company named Cao Cao.It is said that these college students are to play their young and strong “run fast” expertise, so that “Cao Cao” become a company’s signature.That’s a bit of a digression, so let’s get back to where this phrase came from.The mainstream folk view is that Liu Xie, emperor Xian of han Dynasty, was in danger and Cao Cao came to his rescue in time.At the end of the Eastern Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 220), the world was in chaos. Emperor Liu Xie of the Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 220) escaped from danger during a battle between General Li Cui and Guo Si. However, when Li Guo and Li Guo combined their forces to pursue Emperor Xian of the Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 220), cao Cao was recommended by someone who said that cao Cao had successfully defeated the Yellow Turban army in Qingzhou.However, li Guo’s allied forces were already there before the messenger arrived.Seeing no way out, Xiahou Dun led cao Cao’s army to the rescue and defeated the allied forces of Li Guo. Cao Cao was awarded an official title.Hence the saying, “Speak of the devil and he will appear.”This is slightly different from the popular folk version of the story that Cao Cao, knowing that the Emperor of Han was in trouble, took the initiative to send Xiahou Dun with his army to rescue him.However, whether the rescue was accidental or contrived, cao Cao’s legend was confirmed in a certain way by the fact that the enemy soldiers arrived as soon as they arrived.There is another saying, “Speak of the devil and he will appear”, which means that Cao Cao has many eyes and ears, moves quickly and is everywhere. Therefore, he may appear in front of people at any time and must be on guard.The story spread so far, mostly with the first folk mainstream view.Although the story is simple, but as a small knowledge point you will make a fortune in 2022 hands so a concern, a collection, a forward, and then tell friends listen to it is still very interesting.(PS: I’d bet 10 packs of latiao that 90 percent of people don’t know that)

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