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Doesn't this word also mean "music"? Badagnani 02:47, 19 March 2006 (UTC)

Further meaning/simplified version[edit]

Why does the middle character of the traditional name mean "yeast," but the middle character of the simplified name is an entirely different character (with the same pronunciation) meaning "crooked" or "sheet music"? Badagnani 19:04, 29 April 2006 (UTC)

This has much to do with the way chinese characters were simplified. The most commonly used words have a one-to-one trad->simp mapping. Less commonly used words (such as ) are either left the way it is or is are all mapped to one simple character. Thus a character like 曲 is used to write and thus in turn gains the additional definition of "yeast". As you can see herein lies one of the problems with SCCs.
On another note, the better translation of is more " fermenting stuff that grows on grain" rather than just "yeast", which in turn is usually called 酵母 (lit. mother of ferment). Interestingly 曲/ is also called 酒母 (lit. mother of wine/liquor) in chinese. Sjschen 01:26, 30 April 2006 (UTC)

Graphical Significance and Origin[edit]

The Graphical Significance and Origin section seems to have disappeared from this character. This is not a positive development, as this is of great educational importance. Badagnani 19:15, 11 November 2006 (UTC)

The section you mention was empty. Perhaps you can contribute information about this character's origin to this article? Cynewulf 19:37, 11 November 2006 (UTC)

I wish I had the knowledge to do that (and of course I would, if I did), but I don't at this moment. However, the presence of the section serves (or I should say "served" in this case) as a red flag for people with this knowledge or the proper reference materials, of which there are some here. Purging the section, for whatever reason, isn't well advised because it removes this "to do" reminder. Badagnani 19:40, 11 November 2006 (UTC)

Mandarin readings[edit]

Can it be added in which contexts the two different Mandarin readings are used? 05:01, 22 October 2009 (UTC)

Can it be added in which contexts the two different Mandarin readings are used? 19:36, 27 April 2012 (UTC)