Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky. (slithytove) wrote,
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I'm always on the look-out for new words in English. Urban Dictionary is interesting, but very random, completely non-scholarly, and half the entries seem to be jokes. I started a community for WordSpy a while back, but then WordSpy died. Hm. It seems to have started up again, but I'm no longer getting its emails. It also has an LJ rss feed, wordspy_rss, so I'm not going to revive the community.

I've stumbled upon another new word site, Double-Tongued Word Wrester, which seems excellent. It's run, apparently as a busman's holiday, by a professional lexicographer who works for Oxford University Press. It has a LJ feed, dtww, but so far there are only two of us on it.

I'd never heard of the 'three plastic animals' rule. A side effect of the culture wars. Dearie, dearie me.


SHI

mesu, me
meaning: female

雌性 == shisei == (noun, adjective that takes な) female
雌牛 == meushi == (noun) cow, heifer


Right radical is the radical form of 'bird'. Left radical is a Non-General Use character meaning 'this/here', composed of 'foot/stop' (止) and 'sitting person' (ヒ); here being used phonetically to express 'small'. The idea of 'female' apparently derives from the idea that of male and female birds, the female is generally smaller. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Female person stops and sits on bird.'

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

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