mjj (flemmings) wrote,
mjj
flemmings

Headbanging time with Shinohara Udo

I should stop reading, or trying to read, Shinohara Udo. Or rather, I should stop reading her HK-set stories. Or rather I should stop trying to read the Chinese she peppers her HK-set stories with.

See, here we have a repeated character- 唔 - that exists happily in Japanese, even if MIME doesn't have it. Consists of 口 (mouth radical) + 吾 (I, right element) to form a kanji that also means I. She has a bunch of her henchmen apologize: 對唔住, furigana'd as sumimasen. She has her hero say お唔該, furigana'd as arigatou. (And why's that kana お there, huh?) I look the hanzi up in Mandarin Tools, I look it up in my paper dictionary, I hazard a guess it's pronounced wu and look it up in both places again and can't find it.

She has another hanzi, 口 (mouth radical) + 地 (earth, right element.) Her gangsters use a compound "我 + mouth-earth" that's furigana'd as ware-tachi. Can't find it anywhere.

She has a third kanji, evidently nonexistent in Japanese: 口 (mouth radical) + 卑 (base, vulgar; right element.) Add it to the kanji 酒 and the compound gets furigana'd as beer. I go look up this mouth-lowborn kanji in MT (mouth radical plus 7 lower bound to 9 upper bound.) Do I find it? No. I find 唔 wu2 instead, that insists with transparent sincerity that it was always there and I just didn't see it the first two times.

Johnson spot blindness apart, is there an explanation for these mysterious mouth hanzi? Are they special Cantonese-only? Did she invent them herself? What?

Right now I could do with some mean-mouthed sake myself, but there's no way I'm leaving the house.
Tags: chinese, manga_07
Subscribe

  • (no subject)

    Tablet's Chrome's latest Neat Trick is to show my regular webpages (Environment Canada for weather, Guardian for news) in phone format, so no more at…

  • (no subject)

    My oldest cousin just turned 80. If you think it's terribly strange to be seventy, try ten years older than that. Started Saiyuki RB 3 and in very…

  • (no subject)

    There are three kanji that essentially mean 'child' or 'infant' and because I constantly confuse them I made a note of them on the little papers…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 5 comments