Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky. (slithytove) wrote,
Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky.

meaning: entrust
委員会 == iinkai == committee
委任 == inin == charge, entrustment

The top radical is 'rice plant', the bottom is 'woman' (女). Both seem to have meant 'soft and pliant', which gave rise to meanings of yielding one's affairs to others, hence 'trust'. The folk etymology that this character arose from the fact that the gathering of the rice crop was entrusted to women is false, but Henshall suggests it is useful as a mnemonic: 'Entrust rice plant to woman.' Hm. Makes me think of the denouement of Seven Samurai. Although that was planting, not gathering, and... oh, never mind, stupid thought, carry on with whatever you were doing, it had utterly nothing to do with this character.

Stroke order from Josh's Chinese Lookup Thingy (animated)
Stroke order from Taka Kanji Database
Other info from Taka Kanji Database

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