Radio silence

Yes, things have been a bit quiet here of late. A combination of travel and getting flattened by flu does not seem to aid writing. That, plus the fact that my aged Canon EOS 300D appears to have given up the ghost. So, it looks like it’s time to go camera shopping! The Sony Alpha-300 is looking good at the moment, and they’ve got some cashback dealy to boot.

Until then, something interesting from the other day. Although the Japanese pictograph system (kanji) is a terrible thing to learn how to pronounce correctly, divining the meaning out of a word can be fun sometimes.

Last week, I had a painful mouth ulcer and needed to go to a chemist to get some medicine. After some research so I’d know what to ask for, mouth ulcer turned out to be “kounaien” in Japanese. When you write it using kanji, it looks like this:

Breaking it down, each of these kanji are basic concepts:

Mouth, inside, fire

Now those were some characters I could definitely sympathise with. So much more descriptive than “ulcer”! There’s something to be said for pictographs after all.