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Where appropriate, include terminology in answers that would allow you to do further research about a topic. For example, if I asked:

I saw Australia represented in kanji with 豪州. Is this derived from the Chinese characters given by admiral Zheng He's fleet when they discovered Australia?

Rather than just saying something like

No, it's just a couple of kanji that sound like Gōshū.

try saying something like

No, it's just a couple of kanji that sound like Gōshū. It's sometimes called 当て字{ateji}, which is either kanji used solely for its pronunciation but not its meaning or vice versa, or phonetic kanji.

Or, if someone's provided an answer, please add the terminology in a comment to the answer or the question.

  • 州 part is not ateji, although this is not the point of your question. – Tsuyoshi Ito Sep 30 '11 at 19:20
  • @Tsuyoshi feel free to edit my example. – Andrew Grimm Oct 1 '11 at 2:52

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