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Why does the word for kindness, 친절 (親切), include a character meaning 'cut off; to disconnect'?

The character 切 has various meanings, not only 'to cut' or 'to disconnect'. According to Naver dictionary, 切 has following meanings, 끊다 베다 정성스럽다 <= 절 of 친절 used this meaning. 적절하다 중요하다(重要--) 절박하다(...
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Why do some hanja characters have multiple hangul?

In this case, it's because of 두음 법칙 (Initial sound rule), which forbids ㄹ and 냐/녀/뇨/뉴/니 at a word-initial position. ㄹ becomes ㄴ, and 냐/녀/뇨/뉴/니 becomes 야/여/요/유/이 when it's placed in front of a word. Of ...
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How to interpret the text on this "희창기계" (Huichang Machine)?

I found following information on google. (you can find more on google) http://bizkorea.org/company/view.asp?SEQ=665962 It seems that '희창기계' is a very small korean company located in Daegu and T.354-...
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Why does the word for kindness, 친절 (親切), include a character meaning 'cut off; to disconnect'?

切 is to cut as a verb. 切 is "desperate, sincere" as a adjective. Many of Chinese characters have several "parts of a speech" in their meaning. Usually each "part of speech" has nothing to do with the ...
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How to interpret the text on this "희창기계" (Huichang Machine)?

I'm pretty sure that 희창(Huichang) is a name of a male person. I(Korean) had a friend named 희창. I don't know the Chinese characters for the name, though. So, 희창기계 must be a company founded by a guy ...
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What are these characters?

“팜레이 도장” written a fancy way. “Parmley(’s) dojo.”
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What do the characters I've found on this old gun mean?

In the second photo,「絞筒」refers to the barrel of the gun. In the first photo, the unknown character looks like「⿱人布」. I suggest that this is a slightly altered way of writing 「⿱𠂉布」, since the shape「人」...
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What is shorted for 뭔?

무엇은 is a logical guess since 뭐 is short for 무엇, but it is wrong. The reason 뭔 doesn't mean 무엇은 is likely because 무엇은 is a phrase almost never used in practice. If you are asking something phrasing it ...
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In what context are all the extra Korean base sorting characters used?

Sort order of full characters (combined I-M-F) is "intermingled" in that characters are first sorted by I jamos, then use M to break ties in I's, then use F to break ties in I-M's. For ...
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What numbers are associated with base Korean characters?

Sometimes they use “가나다라마바사아자차카타파하/ㄱㄴㄷㄹㅁㅂㅅㅇㅈㅊㅋㅌㅍㅎ” for ordinals (for ordering purposes), just like how Latin’s “ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ/abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz” is used, but the characters ...
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What is shorted for 뭔?

Despite the apparent etymology, "뭔" doesn't retain its meaning from the contraction. The synonym suggested by Standard Korean Language Dictionary is "무슨" (colloquially). 뭔 「관형사」 ‘...
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Origin of character 威 (위)

Just a note about the specific time: the Earthly Branches are as opaque to modern Chinese readers as they are to hanja-literate Koreans, i.e. extremely so. The link between what was originally "axe" 戌 ...
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Why does the word for kindness, 친절 (親切), include a character meaning 'cut off; to disconnect'?

The primary meaning of「切」means to cut. The extended meaning of this is close, near, analogous to English cutting it very close or drawing a fine line, from which the meanings urgent and relative「親切」...
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