Body & Soul1 min ago
People often impart sagely wisdom with references to 'grasshopper' (as the student), as in 'Patience, grasshopper.' Where did this come from? Is this a reference to a book or movie? Where did it originate?
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It's from the 1970s series Kung Fu, the main character (played by David Carradine) was given philosophical advice by 2 wise old men (I think one was called Khan), on how to sort out the problems he met on his journeys (which always involved lots of martial arts fighting). One of the old men called him "Grasshopper" and would say things like "ah, Grasshopper" or "patience Grasshopper" leading to all the kids at my school copying him with fake Chines accents! I didn't know people still said it though.