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Chinese (we think, but could be Japanese) symbol help.

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Helterskelter15 Sat 20-Jun-20 22:17:43

Does anyone know if this is a Chinese symbol and if so, what does it mean? My DP has it but has absolutely no idea confused

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Helterskelter15 Sat 20-Jun-20 22:19:34

Sorry, picture would help grin

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malmi Sat 20-Jun-20 22:19:58

That's not Chinese or Japanese, it's 'confused face'

Cattiwampus Sat 20-Jun-20 22:21:13

It looks Chinese.

Minniee Sat 20-Jun-20 22:22:18

It's Chinese.

It says my tattoo artist thinks I'm an idiot.

Helterskelter15 Sat 20-Jun-20 22:23:47

He’s clearly a moron.. we’ve discovered tonight that he has no idea. Completely ridiculous I know grin

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Smellbellina Sat 20-Jun-20 22:24:34

Strangely invested in knowing what it means!

exexpat Sat 20-Jun-20 22:25:08

It's a character used in both Chinese and Japanese. In Japanese one pronunciation is 'yado', meaning inn or lodging. Another pronunciation is 'juku'.

Helterskelter15 Sat 20-Jun-20 22:25:25

Smellbellina I think we all are grin

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exexpat Sat 20-Jun-20 22:25:59

This is why people should never get tattoos in languages they don't read...

flamingochill Sat 20-Jun-20 22:26:01

What exexpat said.

FirstClassFlightHome Sat 20-Jun-20 22:26:52

My DS speaks Japanese. He's still asleep (we're in Australia) but I'll ask him when he wakes up.

We insisted he take Japanese as an option. He complains all the time that it isn't useful. I'm looking forward to proving him wrong grin.

blueshoes Sat 20-Jun-20 22:27:20

In Chinese (Mandarin), there are various meanings and pronunciations:

flamingochill Sat 20-Jun-20 22:27:32

Forgot to attach this

Helterskelter15 Sat 20-Jun-20 22:28:22

Ladies, thank you so much. He’s now trying to contextualise ‘lodging’ as ‘spend the night with me’ which is also completely ridiculous. What a dick he is grin

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ArriettyJones Sat 20-Jun-20 22:30:16

So your OH has unknowingly being walking around tattooed with the word “hotel” (more or less)? 😂

ArriettyJones Sat 20-Jun-20 22:31:19

X post.

What did he think it said?

lootsharks Sat 20-Jun-20 22:31:57

At least it's not TravelLodge

Helterskelter15 Sat 20-Jun-20 22:33:46

Yes he has, for more than a decade grin he thought it said something about home being where the heart is. I’m laughing lots this evening grin

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exexpat Sat 20-Jun-20 22:34:00

Does he even remember what he thought he was asking the tattoo artist for, or was he drunk at the time? I am wondering if they looked up life or live or something like that? That character is also used as part of one Japanese compound word meaning to live, but more in the sense of 'I live at number 15 xxx street' than the 'live life to the full' type sense.

1Morewineplease Sat 20-Jun-20 22:36:19

So your DH has a Chinese tattoo but doesn’t know the meaning of it? Why would he?

Helterskelter15 Sat 20-Jun-20 22:37:12

Apparently he doesn’t mind as it’s a ‘nice symbol anyway’ gringrin

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Smellbellina Sat 20-Jun-20 22:49:35

Old lodge / home’s where the heart is, something got lost in translation but I can see a definite link!

Although I’ll be honest, I was hoping it would be something a bit more exciting.

PlanDeRaccordement Sat 20-Jun-20 22:51:39

Meh, it goes both ways. Lots of Chinese people in China I see walking around with English sayings on their shirts and no idea what it means. Nonsense sayings too like
“Cat rules” and “Get Joker”

exexpat Sat 20-Jun-20 23:07:18

At least you can take off a t-shirt...

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