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"Zhang"(wasRe: English Beast, etc. (was Re: English syllable structure)

From:J Y S Czhang <czhang23@...>
Date:Friday, December 14, 2001, 22:57
In a message dated 14.12.2001 02:39:56 AM, Adam (dreamertwo@HOTMAIL.COM)
quotes me & writes:

>> The particular character for my family name has connotations of >>_Ever-ready_ - sorta like an "advertising surname" for my wiley >>"semi-civilized" ancestors. The earliest Zhangs probably were "mercenaries" >>or _yu-hsia_ {"wandering-force"} during the Warring States Period (475-221 >>BCE).).
>Eh?? So you're not Zhang1 with the bow radical? Are you Zhang3 with the >person radical? Or Zhang4 meaning weaponsof war?
The less _common_ Zhang3 ;) Zhang1 and Zhang4 IIRC don't have the ancient connotation of _Everready_ (or the more recent (*) one of "blueblooded Han"). (*) "recent" meaning - in this context - "since Confucious' time" (one of my ancestors' was a somewhat-troublesome disciple of Confucious prone to playin' Devil's Advocate at every chance with the Master-Teacher) czHANgie, One-of-Many Avatars of Sun WuKong, a.k.a. "Monkey," a.k.a. "TricksterGod of the Han Chinese"; ) Agent Provocateur of/for the Dark Gods of Creative Chaos ; ) Verfremdungseffekt << ostraneniye >> //effetto alienazione//


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