Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Meaning of Egg

I like how Kanji (the Chinese characters) can give nice meanings to words. This is a pretty basic word and I knew it a few days after starting to learn Japanese but only recently learned this way of writing it with Kanji.

Japanese: 玉子
Reading: tamago
Meaning: an egg
Kanji: ball + child

And come to think of it, an egg is exactly that - a ball containing a child.
I think it's elegant, this whole meaning into words using Kanji thing.

This word also has it's own Kanji (卵) and honestly, I have no idea when to use which one and whether or not there's a difference, I just liked the ball-child combination for the word.

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