What does that have to do with the price of rice in China?

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  • I learned it as “What does that have to do with the price of tea in China” lol, it means that it has absolutely nothing to do with subject at hand.

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    What does that have to do with the price of rice in China?

  • The question is usually

    “What does that have to do with the price of tea in China?”

    The price of tea has traditionally been related to the availability of ships to bring the tea overseas. The shipping costs more than the tea itself. What would affect the availability of sailing ships? The ships could be elsewhere, for instance if there’s a war and the ship is needed to carry marines, or if someone discovers gold and the ship’s Captain sails to get gold instead of tea, or if the ship sinks and can’t get the tea.

    So if someone asks that question, they want you to get to the more important news, and state the relevant point.

  • It means that some one is ‘rationalizing’ (no, it doesn’t mean rationale).

    Rationalizing is a self-satisfying but erroneous conclusion.

    When somebody doesn’t have a logical answer for the reason they were irresponsible.

    Why didn’t you vote? Because I was making a sandwich! But what does that have to do with voting?

    I learned it as: What does that have to do with the price of apples?

  • This means the other person has missed the point or started talking about something else.

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