Sunday, December 04, 2005

Fun With Kanji

This is how you write 'optimism' (rakuten) in Kanji:

The first means 'pleasure, comfort, relief' (it can also mean music, but that's for another pronunciation, gaku.) The second means 'heavens.'

So the Japanese word for 'optimism' literally translates as 'comfort of heaven'. And ain't that the truth....


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