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If your life is on the line, that’s a bad thing. But what if that line were the horizon? Then it wouldn’t be a negative idea at all:
生涯 (shōgai: one’s lifetime) life + horizon
Your lifetime stretches out over the horizon of your life!
This means a few things:
1. A short vacation in Malibu (near Los Angeles) with my husband and dogs. Yippee! (Unfortunately, by the time you read this, the vacation will have been dead for two days. Its 生涯 will have come to an abrupt end.)
2. As a result, I’m throwing this blog together in a bit of a frenzy, doing another round-up of cool compounds—my favorite part of kanji-land.
As long as I’m counting the years (or trying not to!), I’d like to present several fun words related to numbers.
Here are two very cool words that I’ve recently encountered:
一卵性 (ichiransei: identical (twins))
1 + egg + natural property
二卵性 (niransei: fraternal (twins))
2 + eggs + natural property
Identical twins come from one egg that splits, and fraternal twins come from two separate eggs. The compounds capture the biology perfectly!
Now, jumping from 1 and 2 up to 5 and 10, here’s a quick quiz. What do you think these could mean:
五線紙 (gosenshi) 5 + lines + paper
数十 (sūjū) number + 10
In terms of guessing games, the next one is easy, so I’ll just give it to you straight:
百足 (mukade: centipede) 100 + legs
This is also an example of ateji, as neither kanji has the yomi of mu, muka, kade, or de.
More fun with numbers at the link.
Time for your Verbal Logic Quiz!