Friday, May 21, 2010



100519I knew this word before. With two characters  of "raise" and "life", this word means "to take good care of oneself" or "to improve one's health", such as to have a proper living style or to avoid drinking alcohol. However, I was surprised by two signs while walking around. One was to keep people off from a grass by saying the grass is under 養生, and the other was stood beside an elevator. Although it is possible to imagine the meaning for the former, but I see very little meaning about the latter. Apparently it is a standard use, indicates that some temparary protections were provided to an elevator, such as during a heavy use for a moving.

I believe that this interesting extension to this word reflects people's appreciation to the environment and to their tools.