This is very neat. I love Word Play, especially in languages.
The original poster describes it as follows:
From left to right, top to bottom, the Mandarin pronunciation of the sentence, in hanyu pinyin, is “jin4 shi4 jin4 shi4 jin4 shi4 jin4 shi4.”
“jin shi” == in recent times
“jin shi” == scholars. (A particular grade awarded to candidates in ancient China’s imperial examinations, I believe.)
“jin shi” == “are all”
“jin shi” == nearsighted
I need to seriously memorize this one. It’s so amusing.
Thanks to Ng Phen Siong for posting this!