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The Problem of Susan

Some interesting discussion over on Crooked Timber about the upcoming movie-i-zation of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials novels. With stuff about C. S. Lewis and The Problem of Susan. And do the dwarves in The Last Battle really represent Labour?

meaning: be excited, stir

感奮 == kanbun == (noun which takes suru to act as a verb) stirred up, inspired, moved to action
奮闘 == funtou == (noun) hard struggle, strenuous effort

Bottom radical is 'field' (田). The top radical is a character only found in Chinese meaning 'big stride'. Its topmost part is 'big' (大), and its bottommost part is the 'bird' radical. This character originally meant, 'birds taking off from a field'. (I find it cool, but odd, that the ancient Chinese would have a character to mean this. How often does one have occasion to refer to birds taking off from a field?) Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Big bird stirs, flying excitedly from field.'

Info from Taka Kanji Database
List of compounds including this character from Risu Dictionary

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