Somebody gave a friend of Rose Hill this coin purse as a gift:
Of course, "Good good study; day day up" is a classic Chinglish saying that is recognized by many who know no Chinese language and have nothing to do with Chinese studies. This deathless aphorism (or perhaps it is better to call it a slogan) has become a part of global culture in the 21st century.
I strongly urge all Language Log readers to take a look at some of the truly amazing depictions and sites devoted to the spirit of "Good good study; day day up" so that you will all be able to develop better study habits. Perhaps if you do, GKP might start opening his posts up to comments more often.
This is what the writing on the purse says:
xuéxí jīngfèi 學習經費 ("study expenses")
hǎohǎo xuéxí 好好学习
tiāntiān xiàngshàng 天天向上 ("Study hard and make progress every day")
pīzhǔn 批准 ("approve")
Note that, in contrast to the other lines, the first line is written in traditional characters.
A special gift awaits the Language Log reader who can document where and when Mao Zedong first uttered these immortal words.