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

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Strange Horizons is buying my story "Fourteen Experiments in Postal Delivery." Yay! This was my week 3 Clarion story. Special thanks especially to Nancy Kress and Kelly Link who believed in this story, and my Clarion 2004 buds who either loved it or hated it. Story will be out March-ish, 2006 per Jed.

Jed's on a Clarion 2004 buying spree. megmccarron just sold him her Clarion West week 6 story.


meaning: cultivate, reclaim

開墾地 == kaikonchi == (noun) cultivated land
開墾 == kaikon== (noun which can take する to act as a verb) cultivating new land

Somewhat obscure origin, per Henshall. Right upper radical is a Non-General Use character meaning 'stop and stare'. Left upper radical is a character only found in Chinese, used to represent a number of different mythical beasts. Its upper elements are derived from a pictograph of claws, its lower element is one of the radical forms of 'dog/beast'. In this character the two upper elements together act phonetically to express 'difficult'. The lower element is 'earth/ground' (土). Earth that is difficult to cultivate is virgin land. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Stop and stare at clawed beast on reclaimed ground.'

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

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