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I have the impression that in dictionary of 80's 帧 was still labeled as "zhèng" while in the 2000's it's been changed to "zhēn". There are also similar changes such as "qián" -> "xún" for 荨 in 荨麻疹, etc.

Question: When did the change for 帧 and 荨 happen specifically, and where to look up for an official document for such changes in general.

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  • Probably, to zhēn, not zhē? Mar 24, 2022 at 8:05
  • Yes, edited. thanks for pointing it out.
    – fortyniner
    Mar 24, 2022 at 11:20

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There's a short Sina blog post that contains some explanations.

There was a《普通话异读词审音表》that was released in 1985. One of the words on the list was 帧:

帧。“装帧”指书画等物的装潢设计。《集韵·映韵》:“帧,张画绘也。”猪孟切,字书据此注为zhèn。声旁是贞,通行的读音是zhēn。《初稿》未审,《定稿》读为zhēn,与贞、侦读音一致。

On the same document you can also find 荨:

荨。《初稿》审订“荨麻”一词,定“荨”读qián,不取xún音。“荨麻”是一种植物,人如果被它刺伤,皮肤就刺痒起疹,成为“荨麻疹”。医生和病人把“荨麻疹”读为xúnmázhěn,与“荨麻”的读音不一致。《定稿》把“荨”字的读音分为文读和白读:文读读qián,如荨麻;白读读xún,如荨麻疹。


Wikisource has 普通话异读词审音表(修订稿)[2016] posted in full plain-text. Along with the original 1985 version.

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  • Thanks. "猪孟切,字书据此注为zhèn": shouldn't 猪孟切 be "zhèng"?
    – fortyniner
    Mar 24, 2022 at 11:23
  • 猪孟切 is surely zhèng. Mar 24, 2022 at 11:51
  • But the passage also says 声旁是贞.。贞的读音是zhēn。
    – joehua
    Mar 24, 2022 at 12:59

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