List of kanji that use on'yomi even when by themselves


#1

I’ve been noticing a lot of words that come from the on’yomi of single characters. I’m very intrigued and I’ve looked for a list online, to no avail. Is there a name for them? And is there some sort of comprehensive list out there? This is what I’ve found after 10 minutes:
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Any contributions to the list are appreciated.


#2

I’ve never heard of a name for them. To me it’s just an example of how basically any configuration of readings that you can imagine exists in some word somewhere.


#3

Its worth noting some kanji just only have onyomi readings, like 王, if you still want to count those.


#4

This is the stuff that makes Japanese so addictive but also frustrating.


#5

You also have compound words mixing kun and on, like 場所.
I love those words. At the same time, I hate those words.


#6

Yeah, those do have names. 場所 is a 湯桶読み (ゆとうよみ), because the kunyomi comes first. When the onyomi comes first, it’s a 重箱読み (じゅうばこよみ).

With 重箱 and 湯桶 themselves just being examples of mixed reading words that fit those descriptions.


#7

These are kanji that are also vocab in WK using one of its onyomi (onyomi as provided by WK only):

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Some of your examples (便語例酸) are not in the list because WK doesn’t provide vocab with length 1 for it.


#8

Thanks, this is super helpful!! I kind of realize now that it’s a little too broad of a category to fruitfully focus on :slight_smile:
May I ask how you made the list?


#9

I fetched the vocab, kanji, radicals with the old API while working on my WK userscripts, it is easy to search stuff.