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Thursday, 3 November 2011

Profession, Karma

Reading: GYO, GO, waza
Strokes: 13

Etymology:  This character was once a pictograph of a wooden musical instrument.  How this extended to mean profession is not clear.

Some say that the character also resembled classroom tablets (mini-chalkboards), which lead the meaning to be associated with teaching and hence, profession.

Another theory is that the character represents something of great complexity, thus requiring much study to master.

Mnemonic:  STUDY COMPLEX WOODEN INSTRUMENT AS PROFESSION.

(Based upon Henshall, 1998)

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