If you’re like me, then you really like the “what’s the difference between this versus that” posts, which are great! But there’s an awful lot of them. So why not try to keep all those questions in one place going forward, if possible? In the context of leeches particularly, a lot of times you may get pairs or groups of words that you can’t handle consistently. Let’s post the kanji / vocab we get mixed up and suggest mnemonics to keep them differentiated… And maybe in the process answer our own questions.
Currently I am battling 償う (つぐなう, to compensate/to make up for/to recompense) and 賄う (まかなう, to pay/to cover the cost). I always remember it’s one of those two pronunciations or one of those two meanings, but I am always guessing between the two at random.
Maybe this will work…
賄う – Your buddies are making bets at a sports bar and drinking CLAM CHOWDER. 負けた人 will pull out that sick CLAM-WALLET he HAS and 賄う(まかなう) the lost bet plus the drinks that day, covering the cost. Ouch! Don’t wanna be that person.
償う – This war’s gone on at heavy cost but now you’re the LEADER with a TRIDENT. The only way it’s going to end is if we kiss and make up, then compensate the enemy for damages (in CLAMSHELLS). Hurry up. I’m waiting. *** taps foot *** つぐなう.