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Old 09-26-2005, 07:03 PM   #10
Peter Goldsbury
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Re: The Original Meaning of Aikido

Well, if its simple sound/meaning association you are looking for, without worrying about the correct way in which aikido is written in Chinese characters, you should go to Nelson's index of characters.

There is only one character for 'ai', but there are 18 for 'A' or 'a', 71 for 'I' or 'i', 139 for 'KI' or 'ki', and 41 for 'DO' or 'do'. Exploring the possible combinations of all these would probably take you at least one lifetime and you would also learn some Japanese in the process. There might be some interesting meaning combinations as well.

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