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

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I don't usually pay attention to British monarchy scandals, but this one keeps popping up on the Google News page: Princess Di's butler is about to release a tell-all book, and William and Harry are exercised about it. Or, actually, it appears to be a 'tell-some' book, and what they're most upset about is what's not in it. Apparently the offending butler is privy to some deep dark secret on the 'rape tape' (on which another palace servant claims to have been raped by yet a third palace servant), that could 'endanger' the British monarchy.

Really? I find it hard to imagine what could endanger the monarchy. The revelation that Elizabeth I, the virgin queen, had shtupped with Essex? That William the Conqueror never actually beat the Saxons, but paid them off instead, and that the whole Norman Conquest was a scam? That the whole lot of them are nothing more than a pack of shape-shifting lizards? Whaaaat?

Or does this have a sinister tie-in with the recent rash of sunspots? Are things with tentacles involved? Are the stars right? Maybe we should worry.


meaning: poison

食中毒 == shokuchuudoku == food poisoning
働き中毒 == hatarakichuudoku == workaholic ('work-poisoning')

Top radical is a simplification of 'growing plant/life' (生), bottom radical is derived from 'mother' (母). How these characters came to mean 'poison' is speculative. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Mother lives on, despite poison.'

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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