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達 返 遠 速 All these kanji seem to be set on a shoe, or a boat, or something. What is it called? Does it mean something?

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  • @aguijonazo What do you mean by that? Aren't they just asking what ⻌ means, but didn't know how to refer to it?
    – Leebo
    Apr 1, 2022 at 8:21
  • @Leebo - Oh, then I didn’t get the question right. I didn’t think anyone would refer to that thing as a shoe or a boat. Now that I think about it, it looks more like a kickboard or something.
    – aguijonazo
    Apr 1, 2022 at 8:49
  • I always liked to say it was a platform, but I like boat better. 😂
    – istrasci
    Apr 1, 2022 at 17:03

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It is called しんにょう or しんにゅう. It means something to do with roads/ways/walking. (Your examples mean reach/return/far/fast respectively).

The modern norm is one dot at the first (top left) stroke (= total three strokes), but it used to be two dots like the following picture; and today non regular kanjis (outside 常用漢字) has still two dots. See the references below for details.

dbk tuji

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    FWIW, the "modern" one as you say is 3 strokes; the older one is 4. Though most people write them as 2 and 3 respectively. So for those that are looking up kanji by stroke count, keep that in mind.
    – istrasci
    Apr 1, 2022 at 17:03
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    Additional detail: the radical forms ⻍, ⻌ are simplifications of older character , in turn a combination of 彳 (“walk”, half of 行) + 止 (“foot” or “to stop”). Apr 1, 2022 at 20:49
  • @istrasci Thanks, I meant for the first dot alone. I added pictures.
    – sundowner
    Apr 1, 2022 at 22:11
  • @sundowner: No, I knew what you meant. I was just clarifying the whole radical for those that might not have known.
    – istrasci
    Apr 3, 2022 at 6:51

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