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Dave Schwartz's SCIFICTION Appreciations Project

If  you're in the sff internet community, have you contributed an appreciation essay for one of the 320+ stories published by Ellen Datlow in SCIFICTION, which is now, sadly, ending? Dave Schwartz had the idea for this project, described here. Lots of folks have signed up.

Here are the 'appreciations' so far.

Here's mine, for Thomas M. Disch's classic horror story, "Descending." Hey, look who left a comment on it!


ZAI


meaning: medicine, drug

薬剤師 == yakuzaishi == (noun) druggist, pharmacist
洗剤 == senzai == (noun) detergent, washing soap


Right radical is 'sword/cut'. Left radical is 'similar' (斉), which acts phonetically to express 'put in order'. This character originally meant 'to fine-trim something until all aspects are similar'. It came to be applied to medicines, possibly because they were supposed to trim or adjust the body. Henshall suggests remembering 'similar' (斉) by partial association with 'text' (文), and as a mnemonic: 'Text says drugs can be similar in effect to swords.'

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

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