Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky. (slithytove) wrote,
Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky.
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In which we indulge in the popular misunderstanding of the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis





MOU, BOU

mida(ri)

meaning: irrational, rash

妄信 == boushin  == (noun) blind acceptance, blind belief, credulity
妄想 == mousou == (noun) wild idea, delusion




Bottom radical is 'woman' (女). Top radical is 'die' (亡), here acting phonetically to express 'blind'.  This character originally referred to a man blinded by infatuation with a woman. Obviously, so central an issue in human life that it required its own character. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Act irrationally after death of woman.'

Info from Taka Kanji Database
List of compounds including this character from Risu Dictionary

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