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Now Out: Essay 1355 on 秀 (excellent), 2 Radical Notes, and 10 Revisions

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Learn to differentiate 天才 (genius) from 秀才 (brilliant person). Discover a script that may have preceded kanji in Japan. And find out how to say, "Everyone recognized him as a brilliant pianist," "He's an outstanding lawyer," "This school is one of the best," "He ought to pass the examination, for he is very capable," "Edison was not a talented student," and "His snow haiku was excellent." 

Also, rather surprisingly I have posted two Radical Notes! Although I originally intended for the Radical Note library to cover only the radicals on duty in each Joyo kanji, I have made two exceptions by writing Radical Notes 90 and 97. I did so because Ulrike's Mnemonics mention those radicals, and it seemed incomplete not to link the references to something. Here are the new Radical Notes:

  • Radical Note 90 on 爿 ("split wood (left half)"): Discover the kanji, such as 状 (717: shape) and 寝 (1441: sleep), in which 爿 serves as a mere component, and learn to distinguish it from radical 91.
  • Radical Note 97 on 瓜 ("melon"): See why 孤 (1229: solitary) and 弧 (1230: arc) contain a "melon" component, of all things! 

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