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

Twitching like a finger on the trigger of a gun.

arata(meru), arata(maru)
meaning: reform
改革 == kaikaku == reform
改組 == kaiso == reorganization

The left radical is now 'twisting thread/self', and the right radical 'force/coerce' (a hand holding a stick). However, the left radical was a pictograph of a snake, and this character meant to clear an area by driving off snakes. Over time its meaning broadened. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Force oneself to reform.'

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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