shuō (說)

literally means “to say, to tell, and (even) to scold;” in Língshū 1.22, it is juxtaposed with the simple yán (言) earlier in this phrase, which means “the words that you speak;” shuō (說) is a complex of yán (言), together with duì (兑), which means “to exchange, to barter;” so, the last phrase of this sentence literally means “does not tell anything of value;” thus, “it has no meaning” or “makes no sense.”

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