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Re: Croaking and Carping

by halley (Prior)
on Jul 15, 2005 at 15:36 UTC ( #475252=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


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Simply say that "to carp" is colloquial for "to nag, to bother, to warn, to complain." They'll get it.

It's not like other languages don't have double meanings and puns and homonyms too. For example, there is a kanji in Japanese for the word "woman." There is another kanji which is simply three copies of "woman" crammed into one character, which means "noisy" or "immoral." Go ahead, tell me that there's no ancient cultural significance to that linguistic choice.

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Re^2: Croaking and Carping
by gregor42 (Parson) on Jul 20, 2005 at 15:52 UTC
    For example, there is a kanji in Japanese for the word "woman." There is another kanji which is simply three copies of "woman" crammed into one character, which means "noisy" or "immoral."

    Let's not forget the Kanji for 'trouble' is two women under one roof.

    I don't think we need a regex to sense a pattern emerging here...



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Re^2: Croaking and Carping
by Duco (Sexton) on Oct 08, 2005 at 00:13 UTC
    Someone once told me that in Chinese, the symbol for marriage is the symbol for a woman, next to the symbol for a man, with the man in a box.

    No idea if it's apocryphal.

      Hm, not that I see. Japanese characters are the same as Chinese characters in most cases, but maybe there's a difference. The Japanese kanji for marriage (tie, conclude) is a combination of a thread-spool, a soldier, and a mouth. Kind of like "tie the knot." The mouth component is a box, but it's not surrounding the soldier. No woman component is explicitly included.

      Though if you take the soldier out and put in a roof, you get the symbol for "pay." Maybe there's something to be said for that.

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        OK, I did a little more research on this, using babelfish.

        I believe this is the symbol in question:

        And this is woman, which certainly appears to the left side of the marriage symbol, squooshed up:
        I can only assume that the stick figure in the box is the man.
      >> No idea if it's apocryphal.

      Assuming you have this in your font: 姻

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