Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky. (slithytove) wrote,
Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky.
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Every time I see the words, "Lifetime Guarantee!" I am reminded of my own mortality. It seems insulting, somehow, that a product so advertised is designed to still run perfectly when its owner is worm chow.

I daren't watch late night television. "Lifetime Guarantee!, Lifetime Guarantee!" say all the infomercials. It's like being trapped in a gallery of animated memento mori and vanitas paintings. Every Ron Popeil gadget ought to be displayed alongside a skull, a watch, and a piece of rotting fruit, perhaps with a few insects crawling on it.

When I am Emperor, I shall have a Ministry of Iconography that will enforce this rule.


GAI


meaning: relevance, the said—

当該官庁 == tougaikanchou == proper authorities, authorities concerned
該問題 == gaimondai == (noun) the matter in question, the said problem


Left radical is 'words' (言). The right radical is a Non-General Use character for the zodiac sign of the Hog, being used phonetically to express 'binding'; this character originally meant 'binding agreement'. How it arrived at its current meaning is controversial. Henshall suggests taking the right radical as a 'broken' variant of 'thread' (糸), and as a mnemonic: 'Thread binding said words has been broken.'

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

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