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Carrot and stick

刊登日期: 2018.04.07
作者: Grace Tse  

When you read newspapers, you may often come across the expression “carrot and stick” in political news. Recently, this phrase has been used by political leaders as a strategy to handle the North Korea crisis(北韓危機). It is believed that North Korea’s nuclear programme is threatening the stability in the world. In 2017, the South China Morning Post(《南華早報》) had a news article with the following headline. 

Try carrot and stick with North Korea, official urges US and China 

The saying “carrot and stick” is a metaphor of two methods used to persuade people to do something. What are the two methods? “Carrot” and “stick” stand for “rewards” and “punishments” respectively. 

One of the popular stories behind this idiom is that in the past riders used a carrot and stick to push their donkeys to move. The rider first used a carrot to tempt a stubborn donkey moving. If the donkey still did not move, what would happen? The rider then used the second method by smacking it with a stick. 

Some scholars argued that the carrot was actually dangled on the end of a stick in front of the donkey. With this method, the rider might give the reward to the donkey at the end of the journey. This story is related to another two expressions, “a dangling carrot” and “a carrot on a stick”. 

Nowadays, while “carrot and stick”(胡蘿蔔與大棒;軟硬兼施;威迫利誘) is most often used, it has many different versions. 

The research wanted to find out whether carrot or stick can help people stop smoking. 


Glossary

Strategy 

策略

Nuclear programme 

核計劃

Metaphor 

比喻

Rewards 

獎勵

Punishments 

懲罰

Tempt 

誘使

Smacking 

拍打

Dangled 

吊著

 

 

 

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