In particular, there should be many examples of 形声字 ("phono-semantic compound characters") which were "damaged" by simplification. I am interested especially in characters where a 声旁 ("phonetic") or 形旁 ("signific") was partially removed in such a way as to provide misinformation.
- 盤 was simplified to 盘, leaving a pointless 舟 at the top instead of a 声旁/phonetic.
- More obscurely 勝 (etymologically 朕+力) was simplified to 胜, leaving a pointless 月 instead of the semantically helpful 力.
Does anyone know of more examples like these?
(Note: this is not intended as an anti-简体字 post!)