韩宝仪 《你瀟灑我漂亮》 (Cool Dudes, Pretty Girls)

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韩宝仪 《你瀟灑我漂亮》

The lyrics by itself is not great, but the song is quite cute and sassy.

女人爱潇灑男人爱漂亮
不知地不觉地就迷上你
我说你潇灑你说我漂亮
谈恋爱说情话的甜言蜜语

现代人条件好
爱情更能抓得牢
谈到终身大事就有烦恼
有爱情还要面包
有房子还要珠宝
潇灑漂亮怎能吃得饱

女人爱潇灑,男人爱漂亮
不注意糊涂地就迷上你
我说你潇灑你说我漂亮
结了婚就从来不再提起

现代人不知道为什么这么多烦恼
深情深意不容易看到
有老婆还要风骚
有魅力还要怕老
潇灑漂亮又是怎能可靠

女人爱潇灑,男人爱漂亮
潇灑漂亮怎能可靠
women love dandy, men love beauty
unawarely i fell into a infatuation with you
i tell you that you are cool; you tell me that i'm pretty
wooing of love, cooing in love, sweet nothings

modern folks have it well
and can grasp love well
speaking of love; comes the worries
has love, still wants bread
has house, still wants jewelry
coolness and prettiness, how can they fill the tummy

women love cool, men love beauty
heedlessly i fell for you
i tell you  you are cool; you tell me i'm pretty
never mentioned again, after marriage

don't know why, modern folks has so many worries
deep caring love are rarely seen
has wife, yet philanders
has charm, yet fear aging
coolness and prettiness, how can they be reliable

women love cool, men love beauty
coolness and prettiness, how are they reliable
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潇洒 xiāosǎ

① 形容人清高絕俗、灑脫不羈。

亦作「蕭灑」。

② 淒涼、悲楚。


● 潇(瀟) xiāo ㄒㄧㄠˉ

xiāo

〈形〉

康熙字典

說文解字

瀟: 水名。从水蕭聲。相邀切

葉倩文 - 瀟灑走一回 (Live a Dashing Life)

康熙字典

漂 piāo;piǎo;piào

說文解字

【卷十一】【水部】漂

浮也。从水票聲。匹消切。又,匹妙切

『說文解字注』: (漂) 浮也。謂浮於水也。鄭風。風其漂女。毛曰。漂猶吹也。按上章言吹。因吹而浮、故曰猶吹。凡言猶之例視此。漂潎、水中擊絮也。莊子曰洴澼。从水。聲。匹消切。又匹妙切。二部。

so, the origin of 漂亮, came from the meaning of “floating” and “bright”, as in fleeting and ephemeral.

and, the origin of 瀟灑, is that of water slashing, as in cool and natural and without restrait.

it turns out, the english word Dashing, has similar etymology. It came from water splashing.

dashing: (of a man) attractive in a romantic, adventurous way.

dashing [1801, “given to cutting a dash” (1786), which was a colloquial expression for “acting brilliantly,” from dash (n.) in the sense of “showy appearance,” which is attested from 1715. The sense of “splashing” is recorded from mid-15c.]

“cut a dash” = To have a striking, attractive, and elegant appearance (in one's style of clothes). Primarily heard in UK.

the etymology of “beautiful”, is that of “beauty”.

beautiful [beautiful (adj.) Look up beautiful at Dictionary.com mid-15c., “pleasing to the eye,” from beauty + -ful. The beautiful people “the fashionable set” first attested 1964 in (where else?) “Vogue” (it also was the title of a 1941 play by U.S. dramatist William Saroyan). House Beautiful is from “Pilgrim's Progress,” where it is a proper name of a place. Related: Beautifully. ]

and the etymology of “beauty” is:

beauty (n.)

early 14c., “physical attractiveness,” also “goodness, courtesy,” from Anglo-French beute, Old French biauté “beauty, seductiveness, beautiful person” (12c., Modern French beauté), earlier beltet, from Vulgar Latin bellitatem (nominative bellitas) “state of being handsome,” from Latin bellus “pretty, handsome, charming,” in classical Latin used especially of women and children, or ironically or insultingly of men, perhaps from PIE *dw-en-elo-, diminutive of root *deu- (2) “to do, perform; show favor, revere” (see bene-). Famously defined by Stendhal as la promesse de bonheur “the promise of happiness.”

[I]t takes the one hundred men in ten million who understand beauty, which isn't imitation or an improvement on the beautiful as already understood by the common herd, twenty or thirty years to convince the twenty thousand next most sensitive souls after their own that this new beauty is truly beautiful. [Stendhal, “Life of Henry Brulard”]

Replaced Old English wlite. Concrete meaning “a beautiful woman” is first recorded late 14c. Beauty sleep “sleep before midnight” is attested by 1850. Beauty spot is from 1650s. Beauty parlor is from 1894.

The sudden death of a young woman a little over a week ago in a down-town “beauty parlor” has served to direct public attention to those institutions and their methods. In this case, it seems, the operator painted on or injected into the patron's facial blemish a 4-per-cent cocaine solution and then applied an electrode, the sponge of which was saturated with carbolized water. [“The Western Druggist,” October 1894]

Beauté du diable (literally “devil's beauty”) is used as a French phrase in English from 1825.

from http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=beauty

it traces to French and Latin, but didn't say what concrete things the concept of beauty is borrowed from. Seems, ultimately, it traces to the concept/word of good/bonus.

by the way, why is dashing, or behavior of natural and without restrait considered attractive?

because, it is simply a characteristic of being powerful, wealthy or healthy. Consider, if you are powerful, or have lots of money, you don't have much worries, or indicisiveness.

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