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Re: Kanji, Dragons, and Marshal Arts

Excuse me, folks, but would you be kind enough to put this post in some
sort of CONTEXT?  What on earth are you talking about? What is being
translated? What am I missing?

(by the way, and not to get into a meta discussion, Kanji is NOT
"script"  Script refers to "hand-writing" as opposed to "lettering." 
Kanji is non-alphabetic, non-phonetic "ideograms."  Kana is an
alphabetical way of transcribing sounds.)

zenlizard@juno.com wrote:
> I sent this to a friend of mine who is studying Kanji  (the Japanese
> script which is virtually directly Chinese).  Recall that the Japanese
> use several different scripts, so the comments do not apply to all
> Japanese writing.
> --------- Begin forwarded message ----------
> From: Keith Marshall
> To: zenlizard@juno.com
> Ok, I basically have one reference manual which has the 881
> grade school characters, the 941 high school characters and
> some others to round out the total to 2000.  There are seven
> 'ryu's in it which mean:
>         (artistic) school
>         sulfur
>         to bring to a stop, fasten
>         willow tree
>         dragon
>         grain, drop (I take this to mean a large 'speck' of something)
>         prosperous, high
> It is true that a single characters can have as many as five meanings
> depending on context but in this case I saw no alternate usages
> for the dragon character and the first character seems to be a
> plausable candidate for the -'way' usage. I hope this helps
>                         ttfn,
>                                 Keith/Cedric/TigerBalm
> --------- End forwarded message ----------
> Hope this clears up any possible confusion regarding the origin of
> Japanese dinosaur names.
> -zenlizard
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> the man/woman of honor.  That's right.  I want to be insulted.  And I
> want it to be funny.
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