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Why is 奇数 pronounced jīshù and not qíshù?

The character 奇 stands for two different, though related, morphemes. The first (Old Chinese, in Baxter-Sagart reconstruction, [k](r)aj) 'odd (number)'. This one develops into Early Middle Chinese kje ...
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Why is 吏 (lì) pronounced differently to 史 (shǐ) and 使 (shǐ)?

Let us look at the reconstructions (specifically, at Baxter-Sagart): 吏 (lì) 'officer' is [r]əʔ-s; 史 (shǐ) 'scribe' is s-rəʔ; 使 (shǐ) 'to send, to cause' is s-rəʔ; 使 (shì) 'to be sent as an envoy; ...
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Why is 吏 (lì) pronounced differently to 史 (shǐ) and 使 (shǐ)?

I'm entirely unqualified to talk about phonology, but from I can tell, 吏, 史 and 事 all evolved from the same character, thus probably share the similar pronounciation in ancient times. 吏's entirely ...
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Why is 吏 (lì) pronounced differently to 史 (shǐ) and 使 (shǐ)?

Words that look similar do not always share the same origin or phonic element. e.g. 人 and 入; 全 and 金; 赤 and 亦 木,林, and 森 all sound different from each other Sometimes, two different parts from two ...
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What are characters called when they have three of the same radical used?

maybe, called “三疊字”, have a look of this page 10個少見「三疊字」 你識唔識讀? btw, the wiki page: https://zh.wikipedia.org/zh-hk/三叠字 have fun :) edited. i checked a book in literary chinese, it was called “三字”. a ...
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How does 翻's 2021 meanings appertain to 羽?

Per "汉典", the original meaning (本意) of "翻" was "fly (飛)". The feathers/wings (羽) on the right enable the birds to make turns, which was represented by "番" on ...
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How does 翻's 2021 meanings appertain to 羽?

翻 is a phono-semantic compound (形聲字) composed of the phonetic 番 which sounds like "fan" and the semantic 羽, which means wings or feathers. As the other poster alluded to already, the meaning ...
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Why is 参差 pronounced cēncī?

You still haven't answered the OP's question - "Why is 参差 pronounced cēncī?" The OP already knew 参 pronounced as cēn. She was asking for the reason. The reason is that it is related to 巉 (...
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Why is 参差 pronounced cēncī?

as far as I know, 参差 first appeared in "诗经" and was recorded in a ballad called "关雎". The author of this ballad cannot even be found. "cen" and "ci" are only ...
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Why is 参差 pronounced cēncī?

When read (pronounce) 参差 as cēncī, it means "not the same", "it is different from each other". Because they both are polyphonic words, they could mean different things when read ...
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Why does "meta-" translate to “元-”?

Maybe, meta comes from here: the meta-programming is translated as 元编程. p.s. as a chinese software developer, I also can't understand why meta = 元. Also including these tranlation: socket: 嵌套字 stack:...
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Why does "meta-" translate to “元-”?

A basic meaning of "元" is "primary/first". "metadata" - a set of (existing/primary) data that describes and gives information about other data. "meta-analysis" -...
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How did 子 come to mean "master?"

子 古代对人的尊称;称老师或称有道德、有学问的人:孔~。先秦诸~。 The ancient honorific title for people; refers to teachers or people with morality or learned person, e.g. 孔子, 先秦诸子 Saying 孔子, is more respectful than 孔丘 [use the ...
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Why is 黄河 used in the saying 不到黄河心不死?

Per Baidu: “不到黄河心不死”是汉语词汇,拼音是bù dào huáng hé xīn bù sǐ,意思是不到无路可走的地步是不肯死心的。比喻不达目的不罢休。 [1] 常见的说法是由“不到乌江心不死”讹变而来,出自明代小说《初刻拍案惊奇》卷十五。 [2] 而“不到黄河心不死”本句出自清代小说《荡寇志》第八十二卷。 https://baike.baidu.com/item/%E4%B8%...
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How did 子 come to mean "master?"

It was just a name for "teacher" in ancient times. The name has changed with time to "先生", then "老师/教授", "
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Why is 黄河 used in the saying 不到黄河心不死?

It is actually quite interesting because the 黄河 here is not the actual river, but the same meaning as the river Styx, in Greek mythology, one of the rivers of the underworld. So, when one is at the ...
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Why is 黄河 used in the saying 不到黄河心不死?

Story 1 相传有个叫彭祖的人,寿命有八百岁。一生到过不少地方,就是不曾到过黄河..... 彭祖 lived for 800 years but never saw the Yellow River 当时陈抟就走到彭祖的坟边,打开坟洞,拉出棺材。把棺材打开一看,彭祖的骨肉都烂掉了,只剩下一个心未烂 陈抟 went to 彭祖's grave, open his coffin, and ...
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