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The ordinal days begin to collapse

The Washington Times (yeah, I know) reports that Burke's Peerage has determined that the blood of the Prophet (among others) runs in John Kerry's veins:

New research by Burke's Peerage reveals that Mr. Kerry is the only presidential candidate in U.S. history who has genealogical descent from Muslims, Jews and Christians.
"Senator Kerry ... is a virtual walking United Nations," says Harold Brooks-Baker, publishing director of Burke's.
Mr. Kerry is kinsman of the Shi'ite shahs of Persia (the most famous was Shah Abbas I, who reigned from 1587 to 1629), as well as the Muslim kings of Tunisia, all of whom — Democratic presidential nominee included — descend from the prophet Muhammad.

I suppose it would be too much to hope for that he reunite the long-sundered line of the half-elven, and restore the throne of Gondor.


SHUKU
chiji(mu), chiji(meru)
meaning: shrink, reduce

畏縮 == ishuku == (takes suru to act as a verb) cower, wince, recoil
縮小 == shukushou == (takes suru to act as a verb) reduction, curtailment


Left radical is 'thread' (糸), right is 'lodge' (宿). How these elements arrived at the character's present meaning is controversial. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Reduced to threadbare lodgings.'

Info from Taka Kanji Database
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