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


kotowa(ru), ta(tsu)
meaning: cut, decline, warn, judge, be decisive

切断 == setsudan == amputation
不決断 == fuketsudan == irresolution, indecision, vacillation

Right radical is 'axe' (斤), indicating 'cutting cleanly'.The left radical indicates 'cut threads', and originally included 'thread' (糸) and a pictograph indicating 'cutting/compartmenting''. Thus, 'to cut threads cleanly'. Note that the English word 'decisive' also includes a root related to 'cutting'. Henshall suggests taking the left radical as 'rice' (米) in a 'corner', and as a mnemonic: 'Decisively decline rice cut with axe in corner.'

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

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