Tag Archives: 発

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: Meirei 命令

16 Feb

Arabian Nights: Sabaku no Seirei Ou

Word of the Day: 命令【めいれい】 (noun, suru verb) An order; a decree.

Notes: By itself, 命 can be read as いのち(noun: life). It forms the root of the transitive verb 命じる【めいじる】 and appears as the めい in 運命【うんめい】(noun: fate).

令 appears in compounds like 禁令【きんれい】 (noun: prohibition; ban), 発令【はつれい】 (noun, suru verb: announcement; order), and 禁令【きんれい】 (noun, no adjective: laws and ordinances; legislative acts).