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What is a "sound loan"?
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求 didn't mean "beg/request" initially. The meaning of beg/request was borrowed due to it having same sound. Phonetic loan characters 假借字 are one of the 六書. 求 is a classic example of 假借字. ...

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Why does 項 signify both 'item' and 'neck'?
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项 is originally means nape (back part of the neck), to distinguish from 颈 (front part of the neck). Later, 颈 became to mean neck in general. Because 颈 is primarily for neck only, 项 later got borrowed ...

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Etymology of 制 zhì = make, manufacture
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制 has no ox/bull or cloth. That left component is a corrupted version of 未. 未 is a tree with many branches, ready to be chopped down. There is 𠛐 as a variant form. Original meaning is "cut" ...

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Mnemonic or technique to remember 咅 ,部, 陪
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As mentioned before, 咅 is an obsolete character. Its presence in all its derived components are just for the sound. 咅 itself doesn't have stand 立 if you refer to the older glyphs. It's actually a ...

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Etymology of 奇 and 怪
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奇 is a controversial one. There are sites that say it is a person on a horse being original form of 骑, but there are no old glyphs with the horse character in the ancient script. Easiest ...

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How do 尤's 2021 meanings appertain to 尢?
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尢 and 尤 are not related at all. 尢 is a crippled man with deformed legs as contrasted with the man in 大 having straight legs. Thus it means lame or crippled. This character is no longer used in modern ...

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etymology of 友, 犮
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友 is two hands 又 side by side. You can think of it as a handshake, which became the meaning for 'friend'. 犮 is a hand 又 holding onto a leash of a dog 犬. It could be a person pulling the leash or the ...

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Any mnemonic for 摔 shuāi = fall & etymology for 率
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率 is merely the phonetic part of 摔, it has no connection to the meaning of 摔. 率 etymology is unknown; it could either be a sort of net, or a thick rope in water, maybe meant to pull a boat which is ...

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Understanding glyph origin of 勤 better
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勤 is phonetic 堇 + strength/power 力. 堇 has few interpretations. One is clay (yellow soil 黃 + 土). Another is possibly a person being burned alive as a punishment 𦰩 + fire 火. The character with this ...

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Glyph origin for 㐆 and Mnemonic for 殷
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㐆 is a reversed 身 which could be a rotund man or pregnant woman, likely the latter in this context. I've never seen 㐆 being used alone before. 殷 is grand, abundant, or flourish. Getting pregnant with ...

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Glyph origin or any mnemonic for 蕴?
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蕴 means accumulate. 蕴 is merely a phonetic-semantic character comprising plants 艸 and 缊 which provides sound. 缊 is an obsolete character that means "tangled strings". 缊 itself is silk and ...

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Is there any mnemonic to remember 支 and 技?
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支 is a hand 又 holding a bamboo branch (half of 竹, or 个). Initial meaning is branch, which became 枝; later on 支 meaning was changed to support/assist possibly because those small branches and sticks ...

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The relationship between 羞 and 醜
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羞 didn't originally mean shame/shy and 丑 didn't originally mean ugly. 丑 is originally a hand with curled fingers, later borrowed to become an earthly branch. Ugly, and all its associated meanings like ...

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Why's 氵(“water”) 澀's semantic component?
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涩 means more of "not slippery" rather than "rough". 涩/澀 has many variant characters, such as 歮, 歰, and 澁. 刃 here is an upside down 止 which is a foot. Opposite of 涩 is 滑 meaning ...

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How does 雜's 2021 meanings appertain to its semantic component 衣?
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杂/雜 originally refers to assortment of colors, referring to clothes that are multi-colored. You could think of it as multiple cloths of different colors sewn together to create a multi-colored garment....

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How do 陷, 阱 appertain to their semantic component 𨸏 (阝 as left radical)?
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阜 are mounts of earth stacked on each other. Any character with semantic component 阜 (left ear) are usually related to earth, ground, and cliffs. Abundance of soil/earth is a borrowed meaning. 臽 ...

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Any hypothesis to remember 刑?
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The phonetic component doesn't always contribute any meaning to the character meaning most of the time. Mother 妈 definitely has nothing to do with a horse! If you want a sort of mnemonic to remember ...

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What is the etymology of 斥
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斥 has both components that have been corrupted over time. It comprises 广 and 屰. 广 is a roof, meaning home or building related, while 屰 is an upside-down 大, meaning reverse. When you expel or dismiss a ...

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How does 奈's semantic component, 示, appertain to 'how, why' (in rhetorical questions)?
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奈 is a phonetic loan from 柰, which means apple. 柰 retained the "apple" meaning and 奈 obtained the "how" meaning. 示 is a sacrifice altar as apples were used as fruit offered to gods ...

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What is the difference between 碰,触,碰触 and 触碰
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I find 触 to be used if there was intention to touch, like in 触及 and 触摸. 触 is used in general for the sense of touch, often done with intention and the contact from touch is longer. 触 has horn 角 as the ...

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不自量力 can this be used to under estimate one’s capabilities also?
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量 is one of the more controversial glyphs that doesn't have a confirmed origin. It's likely sun 日 and heavy 重 (extension of 東). You could think of weight 重 and time/movement of the sun 日 as things ...

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How does 雅's 2021 meanings appertain to 隹?
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雅 and 鸦 are most likely the same in olden times with 雅 being the variant form for 鸦 meaning crow. It's current meanings are probably borrowed when 鸦 became the standard character for crow, and all the ...

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