Difference between 当 and 正


Heya, guys what is the diference of this kanjis 当,正?


Also, the kanji meaning does not necessarily reflect what is happening when that kanji is used to make vocabulary.


Even though kanji do have meanings, I think it’s better to focus on learning the different meanings of the words they are part of :slight_smile:

If you know that both relate to correctness I think that’s useful enough to you, since it’ll help you guess the meanings of those words more easily. But don’t sweat it on the subtleties.

Also, like @alexbeldan said, the words can have meanings that deviate quite a bit from those of the kanji anyway.


Yeah… you ever seen the work 料理? Is there some meaning here I’m missing? :confused:


料 likely means ingredients, and looking at jisho, aside from logic and reason 理 can also mean arrangement, so that probably the derivation :slight_smile:

But it’s definitely one of those words I remember more from pronunciation than from the meanings of the individual kanji.


Yeah. I saw those definitions as well. It’s the only thing that makes sense to me as well.

Well at least it’s not 勝手. :smile:


That one makes some weird intuitive sense to me though :slight_smile:

Sort of like a victor’s justice situation where you just do stuff without consideration of others.

Incidentally, I think it’s a neat word that I wish I could use in other languages.


Some Kanji are used for their pronunciations rather than their meanings, and I think 料理 is one of those.

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