Eating lions

The English language may have a propensity for wordplay (cf. Headline punning, and Myles), but you can’t beat Chinese. This poem (“The story of Mr Shi eating lions”), composed in the 1930s by Yuen Ren Chao (Zhao Yuanren), plays solely on different meanings of characters pronounced shi:


For what it’s worth, you can read about the Li family’s shishi Bestowing Food ritual in my book

For further wonderful wordplay from the Li family, see here.

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