- Big Lipped Alligator Moment - Parts of the Analects read like this, especially the random encounters with Daoist mystics that were possibly added post facto, and the section on honorifics that was copied to one of the manuscripts by mistake and is included in some translations.
- Magnificent Bastard - Confucius had his moments. "Ju Pei wanted to see Confucius. Confucius declined to see him on the grounds of illness. As soon as the man conveying the message had stepped out of the door, Confucius took his lute and sang, making sure that he heard it."