Q: Kanji for "gossip"?

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Wed Apr 29 19:52:08 UTC 2009

At 4/28/2009 10:57 PM, Randy Alexander wrote:
>I'm not sure about in Japanese (it's not a common character), but as far as
>the Chinese character etymology, it is most likely looked at from the
>perspective of the man — many women for one man = adultery.  In oother words,
>you wouldn't need the man to be represented.

Plausible supposition, but perhaps less likely
for 'rape', which only requires one action.

But I'm still looking for whether = 'gossip' (in
Japanese) is correct or a joke.


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