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

meaning: borrow, rent
借金 == shakkin == debt
借家 (or 借屋)  == shakuya == rented house

Left radical is 'person' (人), right radical is 'past' (昔), acting phonetically to express 'imitate'. This character originally meant to 'imitate a person', i.e., 'deceive', which is still a meaning in Chinese. It apparently came to mean anything not 'real', and thus things borrowed or rented, which are 'not really' one's own. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Person who has borrowed in the past.'

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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