may you live in interesting times

may you live in interesting times
While widely reported as being an ancient Chinese curse, this phrase is likely to be of recent and western origin. It seems to be intended to at least sound Chinese in the 'Confucious he say' mould.
In some investigations in 1996 and later by Stephen DeLong the earliest reference he was able to find was 'U-Turn', a sci-fi short story by Duncan Munro (Eric Frank Russell),1950. It may be that Russell coined the phrase himself or he may have heard it elsewhere.

Meaning and origin of phrases. 2013.

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