矛盾 【むじゅん】 (n,vs,adj-no) contradiction; inconsistency

Here’s another recent favorite Japanese word.  It’s composed of two rather unusual Chinese characters.  One meaning spear and the other meaning shield.  And when they’re combined, you get ‘logical inconsistency.’

I wish I knew how to dig deeper into etymologies of Japanese words like this.  I suppose I may need to just ask someone.  I just imagine some Buddhist fighter/ philosophers sitting around shooting the breeze and trying to put a fine point on why their interlocutor’s argument is just plain wrong.  Let’s see… how can I spell this out for you?

All of the below is copied and pasted from the WWWJDIC.

矛 [JIS] 4C37 [Uni] 77db [部首] 110 [教育] 8 [画数] 5 [音] ム ボウ [訓] ほこ [英] halberd; arms; festival float

[Uni] 76fe [部首] 4 [部古] 109 [教育] 8 [画数] 9  [音] ジュン  [訓] たて  [英]  shield; escutcheon; pretext

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