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sinking; immersion; disappearing; dying; lack
Kanji 1823

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Synopsis

As the abundant sample sentences show, 没 enables you to talk about passing out drunk, dropping a phone in the toilet, having things confiscated or rejected, lacking a personality, and going down with a sinking ship. Nevertheless, 没 strikes me as a happy kanji! It's strongly associated with sunsets, and it appears in words for "immersion" (e.g., losing oneself in blissful pursuits). 

Revision history:

July 31, 2019:

p. 2: Completely rewrote the Henshall etymology to match his updated edition. Also updated the Sears link.
p. 2: Revised the sentence about Fuji at sunset to make it more natural. 
pp. 3–4: Severely abridged a discussion of Richard Linklater film titles, as most were irrelevant to the discussion!
p. 12: Changed the yomi of 皆 from みんな to みな.
p. 14: Added a link back to this page so you can more easily access the game below.

June 22, 2013: p. 6 sidebar: Changed the yomi of 実に from まことに to じつに. Although まことに is correct, it's a non-Joyo yomi, so じつに is better.

May 31, 2013: Originally published.

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