一无所长


谚: 万事皆通,但一无所长。
Wànshì jiē tōng, dàn yī wú suǒ cháng.
Jack of all trades and master of none.

长 means long; length; excel in; leader

万事 means all things

皆 means each and every

通 means knows well

但 means but, however

一无所长 means not having a special skill

In the 1600s, this first half of the phrase was used as a compliment. Until 1800s, it developed a less praiseful meaning when 'master of none' was attached to it.

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