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  The element minus "words" originally combined the element cliff (immediately beneath which objects adhere) + a crouching person, suggesting a person crouching in concealment beneath a cliff. The image of crouching came to be associated with that of "crouch under a burden," following which the addition of "words" suggested "endure another person's burdensome, annoyingly verbose speech." In the compound characters below, the significance is "bear/encompass a burden." In contemporary Japanese orthography, the compound characters at top left and right use a simplified form of this element. (Part 1 of 2) Watch kanji video »
Bear/encompass a burden
adds hand/action indicator to emphasize the meanings shoulder a load, bear, undertake, and load.
adds person to emphasize a person bearing a load/burden. Thus the meaning bear a burden.
adds heart/emotions to suggest "bear anxiety and maintain a calm front."
Bear/encompass a burden
adds flesh to indicate gallstones burdening a gallbladder. Courage is by extension (courage welling from deep within; compare English "guts"), with pluck and nerve by further extension.
adds bamboo to indicate a roof bearing the weight of eaves. Thus the meaning eaves. Compare the character below.
adds tree/wood to indicate a roof bearing/encompassing eaves (compare the character above). Brim and rim are associated meanings, while bear/carry (on the shoulders) is a borrowed meaning.
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