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Seeing 扣

jbradfor

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I'm sure we've all had this happen to us: you see a character "for the first time ever!" -- and you know it must be very obscure, because you've never seen it before. Then you see it again soon.

Just happened to me with 扣. Saw it on an airplane (context was something like "请坐后扣好安全带"), and I was surprised that I've never seen as simple a character as 扣 before. Five minutes later, saw it on a headline on a paper someone was reading (something about US-China discussions, being 扣解, IIRC).



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Five minutes later, saw it on a headline on a paper someone was reading (something about US-China discussions, being 扣解, IIRC).

I think it was more likely to be 和解.

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I think it was more likely to be 和解.

Hehe, I'm pretty embarrassed. You're probably right, I was wondering why I could find 扣解 in the dictionary....

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扣 is often used in "button battery" such as the battery in a wrist watch or small travel clock.

纽扣电池 means "button shaped battery." At least that's the usage in Kunming.

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纽扣电池 means "button shaped battery." At least that's the usage in Kunming.

Please note that 紐 (silk radical) can be replaced by 鈕 (gold radical). They are interchangeable for the button and handle meanings.

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