[EVA] kanji [off-topic]
Patrick.Yip at ing-barings.com
Sat Nov 22 18:05:34 EST 1997
PY @ TOKYO
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> Japan, i.e. arigatou (Thank you), usually it's written in hiragana
> "a-ri-ga-tou", but this word has a kanji as well (I was suprised), though
> ## This is actually not uncommon to see "arigatou" written in kanji in
> ## modern Japan. It consists of kanji of "Ari" (be) and kanji of
> ## "Muzukashii" (difficult).
Is it that common?
## This is quite common to see it in formal writing. Shops sometimes
## use the kanji writing of "arigatou" in their notice to the
I was rather amused when I first saw the kanji for "arigatou". It
has the meaning (in Chinese) "disastrous" or "in a
tight situation" and I don't see any slightest connection w/ "thank you".
## Hmm... I am not sure the origin of using these kanji for "arigatou"
## but the pronounciation of "arigatou" does seem to match the kanji
## writing -- unlike the case for "urusai", which in fact uses another
## Japanese idiom (May-fly like) which has its own pronounciation.
## So I think there is an origin for this.
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