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


meaning: uncle, young brother

叔父さん == ojisan == (noun) (honorific; usually written in kana) middle-aged gentleman, uncle
叔母さん == obasan == (noun ) aunt, middle-aged lady; in anime, any eighteen-year-old girl addressed by a child


Obscure etymology. Right radical is one of the many variants of the 'hand' radical. Left radical was originally a pictograph of a tuber, and the character meant 'gather vegetables', which is still a meaning in Chinese. How it arrived at its present meaning is controversial; it may have been borrowed. Henshall suggests taking the left radical as 'almost walk' (歩), and as a mnemonic: 'With helping hand, uncle can almost walk.'

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

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