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Oct.23.2009
It’s easy to think that 残 (ZAN, noko(ru), noko(su): to remain) has a soft nuance. After all, this character shows up in words such as 残念 (zannen: regret, to remain + thoughts). But when you learn the etymology of 残, you’ll see that we have a killer kanji on our hands! In 残, says Henshall, the 歹...
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Oct.16.2009
I don’t know much about banking, but I do know that a bank should inspire trust and confidence. The name of the bank has to be serious, a trustworthy brand in and of itself. My first bank account was at Annapolis Bank and Trust, where they put “trust” right in the name. Other banks go by the names...
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Oct.09.2009
Let’s start with a quick quiz. What do you think the following might mean? 残生 (zansei)     to remain + life 生残 (seizan)     life + to remain To block the answers, I’ll share a photo I took in Los Angeles on Sawtelle Boulevard, a Japanese area that unfortunately extends for just two blocks: More...
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Oct.02.2009
I found a word whose yomi sounds like something a rooster might say: 心残り (kokoronokori: regret; reluctance)     heart + remainder Sample Sentence with 心残り … It’s not quite “cock-a-doodle-doo,” but in some parts of the world roosters are quoted as saying “kookoorookoo,” which we almost have with...
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Sep.25.2009
If your life is on the line, that’s a bad thing. But what if that line were the horizon? Then it wouldn’t be a negative idea at all: 生涯 (shōgai: one’s lifetime)     life + horizon Your lifetime stretches out over the horizon of your life! Sample Sentence with 生涯 … It’s that time of the year when I...
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Sep.18.2009
Storks are normally white. And cranes tend to be grey, though blue is also a possibility. So what do you think a red stork or red crane would be? 紅鶴 (benizuru)     red + crane To block the answer, I’ll share a picture of a hibiscus plant from my garden. I wanted to post this last week to illustrate...
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Sep.11.2009
Today we start with a zoology question—or zoology mixed with kanji! What do you get when you combine a fish with a sheep and then add makeup? OK, I realize this sounds like the asinine lipstick debate that dominated the 2008 U.S. elections for too long. In fact, it was so asinine that I can’t even...
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Sep.04.2009
Today brings us the September installment of Alberto’s beautiful haiku calendar!  Explanation of the Haiku … I’m curious about the last kanji in the haiku, 紅, particularly in the following word. How would you interpret this? 紅潮     crimson + tide When I saw this compound, my mind went to the “red...
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Aug.28.2009
I’ve found the nearly perfect kanji sandwich! Check this out: 徒競走 (tokyōsō: running race)     to go on foot + to compete + to run What a thing of beauty! If you took the first kanji, 徒, and removed 彳 (a radical that Henshall defines as “movement along a road” and that Spahn has as “to walk a short...
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Aug.21.2009
I’ve made an exciting discovery! As you may know, I’ve been collecting exceptions to a rule. If there are back-to-back instances of the same kanji, the repetition symbol 々 typically replaces one (as in 時々, tokidoki: sometimes). Thus far, we’ve seen five anomalies: 夜中中 (yonakajū: throughout the...