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字六十三:海

on Jul 10, 2016

meaning: ocean;
pronunciation: hi, but in third tone (hi is forth tone; high is first tone)

so, ocean is not just water, it also contains all human, every one included.

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字六十二:每

on Jul 10, 2016

assume we want to design a word to mean "every", how we should put it together, using what?

first of all, every is a very human thing. it is abstract enough for any animal to conceive such a concept. so, the word person 人 should be part of it.

but what other component we should bring in? so the ultimate design of this word "every" says a lot about how ancient chinese scholars view our body and mind, and how they determine every thing in this world.

meaning: every;
pronunciation: may, but in third tone (may is fourth tone).

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字六十一:毒

on Jul 04, 2016

meaning: vicious; malicious; venomous; poisonous;
pronunciation: doo, second tone; doo in doodle is perfect first tone.

why?

mother is involved; owner is involved; or: king is involved, this part we understand. let me remind you the three words we have learned:

mother: 母
king:王
owner: 主

but why mother? what is her role?

i think one sensible way to see this is this: let's view this word through components:

  • mother, on the bottom (here the position matters)
  • king, on the top;
  • owner; own; dominate;

by now i think you know what i mean. so, the ancient language designer has indeed embedded some clear message in words. he works for the king; he knows the king; he tells truth in his own way.

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word 六十:母

on Jul 04, 2016

given man's all respect for what this word represents, i will not make any comment.

meaning: mother
pronunciation: moo, third tone.

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wort 五十九:鬼

on Jul 03, 2016 ·
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if you just look at its configuration, you will have hard time to determine where this word comes from and why it means what it means. but for we fuking guys living in a fuked up world, hehe, we know, we know all too well, this word, what it means, and where it comes from.

if comes from the word king. the king hides inside it deeeply, pretends to be the sun, the person. but it is really the king, with some little secret thing that we chinese even do not know how to describe what it is, i mean that little triangle like thing hide in the lower right of the word.

meaning: ghost; or foreigners in general. for eample japs are called 日本鬼子 even today; (it would be interesting to know how japs call chinese); when chinese refer americans in korean war, they are called 美国鬼子;but the tone and feel are completely different when chinese use 日本鬼子 (extreme hate and some fear) and 美国鬼子 (just funny feel; it has nothing to do with hate or love)。
pronunciation: guei, third tone.

here is an article that accurately shows the chinese mentality towords 鬼 and what it represents in our society today -
http://127.0.0.1:43110/1FFgggJuMx89wyV76iCPQnjPNmsZw126bs/

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字 fifty eight: 牛

on Jul 03, 2016

there are a few ways to view this word and where it comes from. along our king theme, it is a re-arrangement of the king's 4 bars: bottomless king but with one arm.

meaning: cow;
pronunciation: nea-u, second tone;

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word 五十七:羊

on Jul 02, 2016

now, let's see what kind of things the king could be turn into. first, let's add two horns and one dick.

meaning: ram
pronunciation: young, second tone; young has a natural fourth tone.

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wort 五十六:韭

on Jun 30, 2016

the purpose of studying this word is to help us understand what could this horizontal bar, the bar that forms the word king, be used for in constructing new words and new meanings.

meaning: chinese chives, generally used in word pair 韭菜, the vegetable that is loved by particularly northern chinese who believe it can enhance male's sexual power;
pronunciation: jee-u, third tone;

when this word is used in any place or sense byond vegetable, it suggests anything or anyone that is blindly following or easily cheated, things that are cut round and round and grow with one fate only: being cut again. so this word is most commonly used to describe stock investors in china, who are cheated round after round, believe they are investing but only see their stock go lower and lower.

so this horizontal bar means cut, guillotine; and yes, could be three for the king.

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wort 五十五:非

on Jun 30, 2016

unmistakenly, this is the king chopped into two: decidedly, firmly.

meaning: no, negation; it is also used to name the continent africa, 非洲;
pronunciation: fei, first tone.

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wort 五十四:欧

on Jun 26, 2016

i have no clue why this word is chosen to mean what we know it today. whatever named with this word probably suggests some form of artificialness and embedded flaw.

meaning: europe; commonly used in the word pair: 欧洲
pronuciation: o, perfect first tone.

the word itself tells some truth: it owes someone, probably the people; it is by design a broken mouth staffed with a tilted cross, whatever that means.

by the way, a few years ago koreans decided to changed its chinese name of seoul. you would wonder how koreans could change their capital's chinese name. i mean, whatever thing's chinese name, shouldn't that be determined by chinese? no clue. of course, for a reason. should europe do the same? i know for certain if my family has this last name (it is indeed used for last name) i will definitely change it.

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wort 五十三:欠

on Jun 26, 2016

now this surely relates to person. and it is a bad word, you generally do not want it to be part of a word you want to use.

meaning: owe, strictly in the sense of "how much i owe you", nothings else;
pronunciation: qian, or qee-an; fouth tone;

in historic china, there is nothing worse than owing others money; it is arguably more shameful than stealing, definitely worse than prostitution. but boy, now, the ways people have designed to obtain money from others without any thinking or intention to repay completely obliviate this word. and a whole economy can be built on top of a linguistic system without this word, and of couse without another word too: shame.

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wort 五十二:区

on Jun 26, 2016

there is no doubt it has something to do with one word we have learned:口。

so what could a broken mouth staffed with a cross mean? or if the thing or design growing out of this thing can be good, useful, at all?

meaning: district;
pronunciation: just forget about it, it is not in your sound system; if you bother to find out somewhere, it does not sound good.

the feeling, the sound, the morphology about this word are generally so bad that nobody would choose this word as part of his name, unless he unfortunately inherites it as his last name. why we bother to learn this word? you will find out soon.

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word 五十一:英

on Jun 25, 2016

learning of the previous two words prepares us to learn this important word. out of the grass and center, the central grass, comes this word.

meaning: elite; outstanding;
pronunciation: en like in english, perfect first tone.

and the word pair 英国 means england. so by defination, chinese has qualified this country intellectually. and as we are seeing this past friday, it has done something quite dramatic.

intellectually to me, this decision to leave eu by english people (while everytime i see eu it reminds me a chinese word, which i will talk about later) reveals deeply the problem in today's global economic elite thinking and practice. the elite theory and practice of today's global economy is based on a sort of mix of extreme and deteriated pragmatism and idealistic romanticism, one is simply bad, the other simply unrealistic. the modern economy in many parts of the world are implemented so brutally that other time proven human values are downgraded to zero and dirt. this voting reflects the voice of some people, may well be the people of the bottom 52%.

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word 五十:草

on Jun 24, 2016 ·
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this word from top to bottom contains three words:

top: it means twenty, it is two tens side by side;
middle: sun, we learned this word many words ago;
bottom: ten;

how it takes on its meaning i will have to leave it to your imagination.

meaning: grass
pronunciation: same as word twenty, 肏, fuk, but in third tone.

this word is commonly simplified into 艹, and it is used to form numerous others words. a list of them follows:

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字 forty nine: 央

on Jun 24, 2016

most chinese do not know the meaning of this word if using alone. it typically goes as a part of a word pair. depending on which pair it is in, it takes on one of the following meanings:

meaning 1: center
meaning 2: beg
meaning 3: end
pronunciation: yang, first tone.

you have every right to doubt how could one word takes on so different meanings, each not related to others. the reason i think is because they originally are different words although with the same pronunciation. but over the time chinese are simplified, and eventually they merge into one word, take on form.

this word by itself is not that important. i had not planned to even mention this word if it were not for what happened today, just hours ago. this word leads to the next very important word.

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