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As Stan hinted at, 宝 is a Japanese Shinjitai character. It is also a simplified Chinese character, but that's coincidental. Perhaps this fact isn't so well known, but PRC aren't the only ones that performed simplification to Chinese characters - it is merely the most well known and widespread. Japan attempted their own simplification process, but theirs was ...


I think the answers so far are from people who have never done construction work. I have. I take the same story from Baidu as cited by Drunken Master and kxxoling. The process of smoothing (磨) the bricks does not only take a lot of time. More importantly, it is easy for workers to relax and stretch out the time by simply not pushing very hard as they ...

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