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音読み (おんよみ): ウ、ユウ

訓読み (くんよみ): みぎ

部首 (ぶしゅ):口(くち

Meaning: right

Notes:

右派

うは
right-wing (as in political)

右折

うせつ
right turn, turn to the right

左右

さゆう
left and right

An interesting, special case:

五右衛門

ごえもん
A famous bank robber, more info on him here.

The curious thing about this kanji compound is that 右 is silent.  Looking at it at face value, you would think it would be pronounced  ご・う・え・もん, but in modern times it is not.  Though I don’t know the whole story, I understand that at one time, long ago, it was pronounced, but eventually dropped, as saying ごうえもん must have been annoying to say (?)  Anyone know this story?

 

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Kanji originally posted 2009.08.19 8:22

Part or all of English definition is from  KANJIDIC — property of the Electronic Dictionary Research and Development Group, used in conformance with the Group’s licenceDonate to the WWWJDIC project. Stroke order diagrams licensed from Kanji Cafe.
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Written by bunkalearner

2010/03/19 at 8:22 am

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