Tag Archives: 家

Word of the Day: Hatsumei 発明

21 Feb

Slapstick (SNES)

Word of the Day: 発明【はつめい】 (noun, suru verb) (An) invention.

Notes: 発明 has a few derived terms: 発明家【はつめいか】 (noun: inventor), 発明者【はつめいしゃ】 (noun: inventor), and 発明品【はつめいひん】 (noun: invention).

発 appears in a variety of compounds, including 発表【はっぴょう】 (noun, suru verb: announcement), 発売【はつばい】 (noun, suru verb: to sell) and 不発【ふはつ】 (noun: misfire).

明 appears as the base of the adjective 明るい【あかるい】 (bright). It’s the first character in 明日【あした】 and the めい in 説明【せつめい】 (noun, suru verb: explanation) and 明治【めいじ】 (noun: the Meiji Era, 1868-1912).

Word of the Day: Kerai 家来

17 Feb


Arabian Nights: Sabaku no Seirei Ou (SNES)

Word of the Day: 家来【けらい】 (noun) A follower, servant, vassal, retinue, etc.

Notes: 家, by itself, means “house” and can be read as 「いえ」 or 「うち」. It’s a part of compounds like 家族【かぞく】(noun: family), 家庭【かてい】(noun: home, family, household), and 画家【がか】(noun: painter). 来 is the base of the verb 来る【くる】(to come) and appears in compounds like 未来【みらい】(noun: the future), 以来【いらい】(temporal/adverbial noun: since, henceforth), and 来訪【らいほう】(noun, suru verb: to visit).