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3 hours ago, Jim said:

衢 means thoroughfare, though I encountered it in a place name.

Is it 衢州?

通衢 is the most likely word where you'll find this character outside of a place name. It's quite a literary word.





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  • 2 weeks later...


qí - naval, umbilicus, appears in

臍帶 'umbilical cord'

肚臍 'belly button'

团脐 = 母蟹

尖脐 = 公蟹


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edited for additional common usages
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  • 2 weeks later...

Quick, what's this surname?



I have a long-standing policy, which I've maybe mentioned before, of quickly pasting names into Wenlin when translating, as it's easy to get caught out by a character that looks very like one you know. I'm not sure I do it every time nowadays as I probably don't need to so much, but luckily I did with this one. 


佘 [Shé] (surname) (!余)


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1 hour ago, roddy said:

as it's easy to get caught out by a character that looks very like one you know

Even if it's exactly the same as one you know it's worth doing this, because there are quite a few characters that have different pronunciations when used in names - especially surnames e.g. 单, 曾 and others.

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