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j008-1

j008-2 is a pictograph of an axe. Originally meaning "axe", it eventually became a standard measure of weight -- a kati -- probably because the ancient balance weight or counterpoise was shaped like an axe-head. Handling the axe with skill to produce results requires initiative and personal effort -- the point of the saying : "The axe strikes the chisel; and the chisel strikes the wood."

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j008-3  

kati

     
  斤两   ji1n  lia3ng   weight  
  斤斤计较   ji1n   ji1n  ji4  jia4o   be calculating  
  半斤八两   ba4n   ji1n  ba1  lia3ng   not much to choose between the two  
             
  j008-4

House, family

To marry a man

See

Chicken

Elder sister

Now, present

Gold, metal

Kati

Artisan, craftsman

Near

 

 

     

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