Know Your Picture Characters Entry #7

May 31st, 2010 by Wordsman

The correct answer this week was F.  Congratulations to Dragon for her keen eye.  Personally, I think that G looks more like a bunch of plants, but that’s not the right answer, now is it?  As for B, A Fan’s inspired guess, it’s not the figurative “green with envy” but much more literally the color of the boyfriend’s face: red, and growing ever redder as he watches those tourists ogle his beskirted gal.

青 赤 黄 黒 白 緑 紫

So, to finish things off, our lineup consists of blue, red, yellow, black, white, green, and purple.  Also, a point of interest: that first character can also be used to describe bluish green; it’s the color of the sea, the sky, and the “GO” portion of a stoplight.

But that was clearly too easy.  We’re going to ramp up the difficulty now, and see how well you really know your colors.  Can you distinguish between the kanji for scarlet and vermilion?  Magenta and mauve?  Turquoise, aqua, and azure?  Burnt sienna?  Macaroni and cheese?

Just kidding.  As a matter of fact, I was thinking it was about time we learned a little about time.  Since this is a weekly feature, I think you should try to pick out the character that means “week.”

A. 週 B. 時 C. 月 D. 年 E. 日 F. 秒 G. 分

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4 Responses

  1. Wordsman Says:

    My apologies to Shirley, whose response I did not spot in time to mention in the main post. However, perhaps she will take some comfort in the fact that I too felt the need to look up “photosynthesis,” because I was curious as to how one would say it in Japanese. It’s “kougousei.”

  2. Dragon Says:

    B, because the thing on the left is a calendar hanging on the wall, and the thing on the right is a guy looking at it to find out what week it is. Except the guy appears to only have one leg. Probably lost it in a war or something. There were a lot of wars in ancient times, something which the Japanese apparently wanted to represent in the kanji for the word “week.”

  3. A Fan Says:

    Obviously, it’s G, which looks really weak.

    The Japanese love puns.

  4. Shirley Says:

    You are forgiven, Wordsman.
    This one doesn’t leave me with much inspiration, so I’m going to take a stab in the dark and say F, in which 7 different elements can be counted, depending on how one counts them. Of course, the same might be said of A and B. Oh well, at some point, one has to fish or cut bait. I’m fishing.

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