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pig, pork
Kanji 1670

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Synopsis

Sorry, vegetarians! This essay will be hard to stomach, as the bulk of 豚 terms involve pork. The good news is that 豚 also appears in fanciful sayings, harsh insults, and terms for other animals, including blowfish (“river pigs”), dolphins (“sea pigs”), and aardvarks (“earth pigs”). The bad news is that some of those animals also end up on people’s plates!

Revision history:

June 12, 2020: p. 10: もつ煮込み: I have now defined もつ only as “entrails; giblets,” deleting two other definitions that were there.

Jan. 23, 2020: 

  • p. 2: Etymology Box: For reasons that now escape me, I originally provided etymologies from both the older and newer editions of Henshall. I've now deleted the older one.
  • p. 12: Fixed a broken link.
  • p. 18: Added a link to the Kanshudo games.

Apr. 19, 2019: Originally published.

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Cover of essay 1670 on 豚 (pig), titled "Pigs, from the Sty to the Sea"
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