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賃 has the 慣用音 reading ちん, as in 家賃{やちん}.

I understand that a lot of 慣用音 readings arise from interpreting the phonetic wrongly (for example 消耗{しょうこう} vs 消耗{しょうもう}), but in this case how did 賃 receive the reading ちん?

I'm having trouble seeing how it could be connected to ちん, when the 呉音 and 漢音 are にん and じん respectively.

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  • Not an answer, more of a musing -- I see over at the Japanese Wiktionary entry that the 漢音 of じん derived from older ぢむ. I wonder if ちん arose via a devoicing of that same older form? – Eiríkr Útlendi Jul 27 '20 at 23:53

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