Essay 1936 on 郎 (male name suffix; counter for sons) Is Now Up!
Essay 1936 on 郎 (male name suffix; counter for sons) is now up and available for purchase! To supplement it, I've posted Radical Note 163 on 阝, the "right village" radical. Here's a preview of essay 1936:
This kanji lets us in on the private lives of celebrities such as baseball player Ichiro Suzuki. When a Japanese man's name ends in -郎, it tells us about his family composition! Although 郎 has strong connections to goodness, it helps us deride men as jerks and "bad boys." On the flip side, words such as 太郎 enable us to speak of "the greatest," as in enormously tall trees.