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paper / treatise / thesis / CL: / to discuss a paper or thesis (old)
to return to old ways (a Confucian aspiration) / to turn back the clock / neoclassical school during Tang and Song associated with classical writing 古文 / retro (fashion style based on nostalgia, esp. for 1960s)
to write an essay / composition (student essay) / CL:
literature and language
  *文* | 文* | *文
surname Wen
  *文* | 文* | *文
language / culture / writing / formal / literary / gentle / (old) classifier for coins / Kangxi radical 67
  *开* | 开* | *开
to open / to start / to turn on / to boil / to write out (a prescription, check, invoice etc) / to operate (a vehicle) / carat (gold) / abbr. for Kelvin, 開爾文|开尔文 / abbr. for 開本|开本, book format
text / CL:
Chinese language
translated text
classical Chinese
clause / explanatory section in a document
German (language)
poetry and literature
to state in writing (laws, rules etc)
English (language)
entire text / full text
quotation / citation
Devon (county of southwest England)
a single penny / a single cent
  *转* | 转* | *转
Charles Darwin (1809-1882), British biologist and author of "On the Origin of Species" 物種起源|物种起源 / Darwin, capital of the Northern Territory (Australia) 北領地|北领地
Kuiwen district of Weifang city 濰坊市|潍坊市, Shandong
a branch of the Xianbei 鮮卑|鲜卑 nomadic people / two-character surname Yuwen
remarkable work / peculiar writing
humanities / human affairs / culture
Ban Ki Moon (1944-), Korean diplomat, UN secretary-general from 2006
unwritten (rule)
the text of an annotated book / an unannotated edition of a book / intagliated characters (on a seal)
writings in the vernacular
inscription on a tablet
Arabic (language & writing)
Richmond (place name or surname)
Shen Congwen (1902-1988), novelist
Xingwen county in Yibin 宜賓|宜宾, Sichuan
original text
inscription in bronze / bell-cauldron inscription
main text (as opposed to footnotes) / main body (of a book)
Kevin (name)
Greek literature
Thai (language)
a popular form of narrative literature flourishing in the Tang Dynasty (618-907) with alternate prose and rhymed parts for recitation and singing (often on Buddhist themes)
foreign language (written)
this text / article / the main body of a book
penniless (idiom)
Mongolian language
Kevin (person name)
Kevin Rudd (1957-), Australian politician, proficient in Mandarin, prime minister 2007-2010 and 2013
Longman (name)
coded text / cypher
paper prayers for the dead burnt at funerals
Evan / Avon / Ivan
to parade by interspersing one's speech or writing with literary allusions / Taiwan pr. [zhuan3 wen2]
(Internet) to repost (Tw)
prose / essay
Steven (name) / Simon Stevin (1548-1620), Flemish engineer and mathematician, played a key role in introducing the decimal system to Europe
Vietnamese written language / Vietnamese literature
archaic (and simpler) form of a Chinese character
hangul, Korean phonetic alphabet / Korean written language
a dissertation / a PhD thesis
Tianjin agreement of 1885 between Li Hongzhang 李鴻章|李鸿章 and ITŌ Hirobumi 伊藤博文 to pull Qing and Japanese troops out of Korea
written / statutory
Japanese (language)
Kazakh written language
Vietnamese written language / Vietnamese literature
Braille (alphabet for the blind)
Chinese language / Chinese script
incantation / spell / to curse
writing style (formal) / to send an official written communication
the great seal / used narrowly for 籀文 / used broadly for many pre-Qin scripts
repetitious passage / multiple variants of Chinese characters
Syriac language (from c. 2nd century BC) / the Syriac script
lit. Martian language / fig. Internet slang used to communicate secret messages that the general public or government can't understand
oracle script / oracle bone inscriptions (an early form of Chinese script)
Malaysian language
Calvin (1509-1564), French protestant reformer
official written ruling in response to a submission / official approval in writing
convoluted / elaborate formalities
without a penny to one's name / penniless / stony-broke
Hebrew language
litany (text of a prayer)
Steven, Stephen (name)
Pali, language of Theravad Pali canon
to compose an essay
Jyōmon period of Japanese prehistory, with rope pattern pottery
interpreting words / to explain the meaning of words in classic texts / to decipher an old script
to write prose
luminous style
eight-part essay one had to master to pass the imperial exams in Ming and Qing dynasties
Jianwen Emperor, reign name of second Ming Emperor Zhu Yunwen 朱允炆 (1377-1402), reigned 1398-1402
Manchurian written language
Tsai Ing-wen (1956-), Taiwanese DPP politician, president of the Republic of China from 2016

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