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long-handled Chinese spear; halberd; "spear" radical
Kanji 1843

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Synopsis

This essay will teach you how to talk about inconsistencies, contradictions, and conflicts. You'll also find out why there's a spear through the heart of these problems. The 矛 shape serves as the "spear" radical, appearing in such unlikely places as characters for "gentleness" and "fog," and the essay explains why. Moreover, it provides a useful mnemonic to help you distinguish 矛 from the look-alike 予 (403: in advance).

Revision history:

July 17, 2015: Added "'spear' radical" as a definition in the Character Profile on p. 1.

Mar. 23, 2012: Originally published.

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JOYO ON-YOMI
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RADICAL矛 (110: spear)
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