I was jisho’ing some words today for the book I’m reading and discovered an anomaly. WK teaches the kanji 表 as “express”, but Jisho says the meanings are “surface, table, chart, diagram” (see WK and Jisho).
What’s going on here? Does Jisho simply not list that meaning even though it may be valid? What are the official meanings? I’ve discussed this with some friends, and I know translation is never a precise science, but I would have thought that the Jisho definitions were pretty reliable. I’m just curious to know the truth behind 表 and how it came to be that “express” was chosen as the meaning.
Footnote: I know that many vocab words involving this kanji connote some form of expression, but if anyone has any other knowledge or opinions on it I’m all ears.
That would suggest the verb meaning was chosen as the meaning, and it does show a clear distinction between the verb and the lone kanji… which WK also does in most circumstances. That’s very interesting, thanks for the input
Most English-Japanese online resources use the same freely available databases as each other. How they display the information and which exact combination of resources they use are usually the only differences. So taking them as evidence of a consensus probably won’t be all that effective, since the core material is probably literally the same.
I generally agree. However, my take on WK so far has been that there’s a distinct effort made to distinguish the kanji itself from the vocabulary it’s used in. I think I’m getting confused because of Jisho’s tendency to describe kanji by the lone vocabulary word they can be, rather than WK’s method of showing a on’yomi or kun’yomi reading paired with the concept of the kanji
Yeah, WK teaches the vocab word similarly to the word for 表 listed on Jisho. But the kanji page on Jisho doesn’t list “express” at all as far as I can see.
How do native Japanese people describe these kanji? If I remember rightly, it goes something like "表 (ひょう)from 表 (おもて)? If natives only describe kanji by the words they appear in, maybe this is a moot question after all.
I don’t think I can convey my thoughts coherently anymore (also it’s almost midnight here).I get what you’re saying about the third meaning though. If it’s any consolation I do think this has helped quell my confusion