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66 DEFINITION An ancient

66 DEFINITION An ancient type of spoon. PRONUNCIATION bǐ 匕 SOUND WORD Beat the rhythm MNEMONICS Spoon guy. The character looks like a child sitting on the floor and raising one arm in front of him. Consequently, we may think of the young bald kid in the movie ‘The Matrix’ who sits on the ground and bends a spoon with his mind. We call him the spoon guy in the stories. STORY During breakfast, my young son always beats the rhythm with his spoon on the table. This morning, my oldest son, tired of this racket, decided to beat the rhythm on his brother’s head with his own spoon as a riposte! EXAMPLES 匕 首 (bǐ shǒu) Dagger with a spoon-shaped handle. WANT A LITTLE MORE? • This is the 21st of the 214 Kangxi radicals. • Usage frequency: Bottom third. 92 九 十 二

67 DEFINITION To wrap, tie up. PRONUNCIATION bāo 勹 SOUND WORD Bar A building where alcoholic drinks and food are served. MNEMONICS • A bunch of something. Its old shape, , really looks like something tied up in a bunch. • It is often shortened to ⺈ and written at the top of a character when used as a building block. STORY ‣ I am with my girlfriend one evening in a bar when a flower salesman enters the place, carrying a bunch of roses wrapped individually and he tries to force me to buy a rose for my girlfriend. WANT A LITTLE MORE? This is the 20 th of the 214 Kangxi radicals. 九 十 三 93

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