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

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Three hits to the heart, son

meaning: necessarily

必死の == hisshi no == desperate
必然の == hitsuzen no == inevitable

Originally a pictograph of a halberd (mmm, halberds) between two poles. How this came to mean 'necessarily' is not clear. Henshall suggests taking it as 'heart' (心) and a 'bent lance', and as a mnemonic: 'Lance through heart is necessarily bent.

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

The stroke order for this character seems to contradict the general rule of stroke order that 'strokes that cut through, come last'.

Corrected 11/1/03

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