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6 hours ago, roddy said:

Things going a bit rural in lockdown there, Jim? How's the wicker man coming on?

Lockdown over! Back down to stringent entry checks. But been forced to flick through the classics to relieve the boredom, hence the antique characters. Going through the Zuo Tradition with a parallel translation.

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Yes, it is the honorific form of 他, 'tan1', something I never knew existed - how blissfully these years have passed in the ignorance of thinking that 您 was the only one, unique in its politeness among all the other vulgar pronouns. Perhaps only 祂 might come close, but 怹 has really knocked me for six!

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4 minutes ago, roddy said:

Wow, where 您 find that?


It popped up in the 赵元任 grammar, which if anyone is interested, is an absolute goldmine of information. In fact, the more I read the more upset I find myself becoming that this book seems to have been 'forgotten' by the mainstream, its quite a phenomenal work. 


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1 hour ago, Tomsima said:


Some context: As per the BLCU corpus 怹 is the 9204th most common character, with a frequency of 0.019 per million characters.

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3 hours ago, 大块头 said:

with a frequency of 0.019 per million characters


I'll check in again next time I come across the character, maybe when Roddy is doing site upgrades from his bedside in the retirement home...watch this space

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