- I don't grasp 炒's semantic field. 炒's shift from 1 to 2 is the same as English's "fire", correct? Why Do We Say “You’re Fired” When You Lose Your Job? – History Spaces
What to do with such a person? When the unproductive and problematic individual was away from his dwelling place, the others in the communal group would gather there and set it on fire and burn it to the ground. When the person returned he and/or she would see what was done and know immediately they were no longer wanted as a member of the communal group. With no place to live, they had to leave, with the likelihood of survival being slim.
Much more verifiable is the explanation from tribal communities, where the entire tribe survived because of contributions by all for the survival of the tribe. When one member of the tribe was lazy, or consumed much more than they produced, the tribe would set fire to their dwelling while they were away as an act of showing them that that person was not wanted and that the tribe was unconcerned with that person's survival. They would cast them out from the tribe, usually to their death because of their lack of ability to provide for themselves by them-self.
But how did 2 shift to 3? How does employment dismissal relate to financial speculation?
Doubtless employees who miff their jobs, can be dismissed. But 4 refers to tests or exams? Employees don't usually write tests or exams.