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Old 01-20-2006, 10:52 AM   #53
Ron Tisdale
Dojo: Doshinkan dojo in Roxborough, Pa
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Re: Religion and Aikido

Hmm, no offense, but...

Though I am not professional like Chris Li, I spend a lot of my time translating and interpreting from Japanese to English and vice versa. I see this mystification all the time, especially with Japanese, which has semantic features which are quite different from those of English. As a linguist I really do not believe that the 'stopping spears' stuff stands up to close examination and I have one dictionary which states that this explanation rests on a mistake (p.1279 of Tetsuji Atsuji's Gendai Kanjigo Jiten, published by Kokogawa Shoten).


Ron Tisdale
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