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

I
su(ru), na(su), tame
meaning: do, purpose

為さる == nasaru == (-aru class verb, honorific/repsectful) to do
人為的 == jiniteki == (な adjective) artificial, unnatural


Originally a pictograph of a hand and an elephant, although how this character came to arrive at its present meaning is unclear. It seems to have meant 'practice'. With 'person' (人) this character becomes (偽), meaning 'imitate'. Henshall suggests remembering it by association with 'bird' (鳥), and as a mnemonic: 'Do practice for purpose of imitating funny bird.'

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

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