The real meaning of carrot

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Does anyone have a good explanation why participating people are in fact actually carrots?!!

Nothing makes any sense anymore :sob: :sob:

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According to Wiktionary, it comes from the Chinese word 人參, which means “ginseng”, because the shape of ginseng looks kinda like the legs of a man. 參 may have originally meant “root”, but the etymology is unclear.

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Yeah, when you see things like this that seem to make no sense at first glance, there are a variety of possibilities.

  1. it’s ateji (the kanji are used primarily for their pronunciation, and not their meaning)
  2. it’s ateji, but only because the original kanji were too difficult to write and they just chose easier ones that sound the same
  3. the meaning of the kanji changed significantly over time
  4. there really is some wacky logic to it

And probably more possibilities as well.

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Because this is what happens to people participating in events hosted by the boss of the Rabbit Gang:

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That’s a mandrake, though. :stuck_out_tongue:

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Thanks for the replies! Each insightful in their own way!

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