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(tin) can; container; steam boiler; kettle; "jar" radical
Kanji 1095

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Synopsis

The yomi most often used for 缶 is KAN. How perfect is that for a kanji that means “can”?! That isn’t entirely a rhetorical question. Really, why is the yomi such a perfect match for the English word? This seemingly straightforward question has anything but a straightforward answer. Find out about this, as well as ways to speak about canned food, canned beverages, and "canned" people (which is not to say that they've been fired or that they're trite!). Learn about 缶 as a radical, too!

Revision history:

Sept. 14, 2012: Added 2 photos on page 7.

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