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Is this discrepancy above due to a calligraphical mistake or lazyness, namely, leaving off that one tick, made a long time ago? TL;DR: I don't think so, because (1) 尸 used as the pictographic radical with the meaning house in 屋 was explicitly mentioned in 说文解字 long before, (2) the original meanings of 尸 and 户 used as radicals are not exactly the same (...


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in the past, it's 身分, which means the social position of an individual. http://dict.revised.moe.edu.tw/cgi-bin/cbdic/gsweb.cgi?o=dcbdic&searchid=Z00000131140 somehow, in modern times, it evolve to 身份. indeed, in taiwan, the identity card is "身分證", while in hong kong, it's "身份證". i would say that both "身分" & "身份" have their supporters. if you can ...



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