Memory Phrase (Mnemonic) for 故


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Meaning

reason, cause, intentional, therefore, hence

Pronunciation

Explanation

Left: old (image of a tomb stone), right: strike 攵/ (hand with a stick )

Mnemonic

If the old (man) hits, then intentionally and with a reason.

Radicals

ancient, old, former(Originally derived from the picture of a skull, hence "old". But the idea of a burial mound is also helpful.)
rap, strike(Shows originally a hand with a whip . It is usually simplified to 攵.)

Vocabulary

事故 shì gù accident
因故 yīn gù for some reason
故意 gù yì deliberately; on purpose
缘故 yuán gù reason; cause
故障 gù zhàng malfunction; breakdown; defect; shortcoming; fault; failure; impediment; error; bug (in software)
欲擒故纵 yù qín gù zòng In order to capture, one must let loose.; to loosen the reins only to grasp them better

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