15 Jingle all the way 🔔
This edition is brought to you by the first song ever played in space
On December 16, 1965, astronauts Tom Stafford and Wally Schirra surprised mission control by suddenly pulling out their bells and harmonica mid-transmission and playing a short passage from the ever popular Christmas song “Jingle Bells.” Sung in Christmas carols and remixed for a special Batman rendition, it’s a classic Christmas tune, and oday, we carry on this spontaneous and joyful holiday spirit by pulling out a Jingle Bells-themed hanmoji.
This is Hanmoji Puzzles, your weekly dose of emoji word puzzles inspired by The Hanmoji Handbook. And don’t worry — you don’t need to speak Chinese at all in order to play along. You just need a love for emoji and be curious about how language works!
🧩 This week’s puzzle
What single Chinese character does this emoji combo represent?
Hint: The answer can be found in the lyrics to Jingle Bells - something that’s fun to ride while singing.
Answer (spoilers ahead!)
🌲💇🏻♀️💇🏻♀️💇🏻♀️ stands for 橇, which means sled or sleigh. It’s pronounced qiāo in Mandarin, and hiu1 in Cantonese. And this time it’s a little phonetic and a little semantic — but helpfully, all of the radicals give hints to its meaning.
First we have 木🌲, the character and radical for wood or wood-related things. Then remember our radical from last issue 毛 💇🏻♀️, which means fur or hair. And really, what is a sled but a pile of wood that’s being pulled along by a bundle of fur (aka one big or a pack of animals).
毳 (made up of three 毛 💇🏻♀️, one on top and two on the bottom) functions as a phonetic radical too. It’s commonly pronounced cuì in Mandarin and ceoi3 in Cantonese, but it can also be pronounced qiāo and xiā in Mandarin. But it’s a lot more fun to remember the fuzzy reindeer pulling the sled along delivering Christmas gifts around the world.
Happy holidays friends!
🥳 Updates from our parent project, The Hanmoji Handbook
Kirkus has named us as one of their Best Middle-Grade Nonfiction of 2022 picks.
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Hanmoji Puzzles is a spin off of The Hanmoji Handbook: A Guide to Learning Chinese Through Emoji, which you should absolutely order today 😗. This newsletter is a project by Jason Li, An Xiao Mina and Jennifer 8. Lee.