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

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Uh. My post of two days ago has already made me infamous. "...someone has started up the 'fantasy is crap, SF is good' argument again."

Dude. No. That's not what I'm saying. Read the post again. I read sf. I write sf. I read fantasy. I write fantasy. I'm 2/3 through writing a fantasy novel. I'm not dissing fantasy. I'm trying to understand fantasy. See my reply to JeffV in the thread about why I'm thinking about the subject.

I'm not issuing a call to the barricades. I'm not storming the castle with pitchforks and torches. I'm not speaking ex cathedra. I'm just telling you an idea I've had, that I think helps to explain some otherwise puzzling anomalies. You've found an exception? Doubtless. The creation and criticism of literature are not science. Every statement about literature will have some exceptions, somewhere. Nine and sixty ways of constructing tribal lays, etc. I'm just trying to shine a flashlight into the murk, to see if I can see anything I couldn't see before.


meaning: attack, inherit

世襲 == seshuu == (noun) heredity, heritage
因襲 == inshuu == (noun) convention, tradition, long-established custom

Bottom radical is 'clothing' (衣). Top radical is a form of 'dragon', used phonetically to mean 'fold'. This character originally stood for a ceremonial religious garment folded in a special manner. The idea of ceremony apparently lead to ideas of inheritance. The meaning of 'attack' arose from this character being mistaken for another. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Dragon attacks inherited clothes.'

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

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