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Cao / Kusa / Grass

sou / kusa
Cao / Kusa / Grass Scroll

草 means grass or straw in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

Depending on context, this can also mean manuscript, draft (of a document), or rough copy. In the botany context, it can also refer to weeds, herbs, thatch, or plants.

草 is also the first character of caoshu or sōsho, the Chinese and Japanese wild cursive script style of calligraphy.

Sometimes written in variant form 艸.

This can be the surname Sou/Sō, or the given name Kusa in Japanese (there are also other romanizations for this Kanji).

Proud / Pride / Lofty-Minded

ào shì
Proud / Pride / Lofty-Minded Scroll

傲世 is a word used to describe someone that is very proud, and holds themselves above others but with a valid (earned) reason to do so. 傲世 is what you would use to describe the way a mighty general of ancient China like Cao Cao acted or a more modern person like General Patton carried himself.

If you hang this word on your wall it suggests that you hope to achieve that same level of pride from accomplishment.

House of Red Delights

yí hóng yuàn
House of Red Delights Scroll

怡紅院 is from "The Story of the Stone" by Cao Xueqin.

For some reason, this phrase was translated as "House of Green Delights" when the novel was published in English. The translator took some liberties, and believed that "green" had a more positive feel than red, to a western audience. Therefore, the phrase shown to the right is "House of Red Delights" (which is the most original and correct way).

The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
sou / kusa / so / kusa / so / kusacǎo / cao3 / caots`ao / tsao
傲世ào shì / ao4 shi4 / ao shi / aoshiao shih / aoshih
House of Red Delights怡紅院
yí hóng yuàn
yi2 hong2 yuan4
yi hong yuan
i hung yüan
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

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sān guó yǎn yì
    san1 guo2 yan3 yi4
san kuo yen i
House of Red Delights Scroll
Romance of the Three Kingdoms by Luo Guanzhong 羅貫中|罗贯中[Luo2 Guan4 zhong1], one of the Four Classic Novels of Chinese literature, a fictional account of the Three Kingdoms at the break-up of the Han around 200 AD, portraying Liu Bei's 劉備|刘备[Liu2 Bei4] Shu Han 蜀漢|蜀汉[Shu3 Han4] as heroes and Cao Cao's 曹操[Cao2 Cao1] Wei 魏[Wei4] as villains

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tower over a palace gateway (old)
(1) (See 三国・さんごく・3,曹魏・そうぎ) Wei; Cao Wei; kingdom in China during the Three Kingdoms period (220-266); (2) Wei; kingdom in China during the Warring States period (403-225 BCE); (given name) Takashi


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sān cáo
    san1 cao2
san ts`ao
    san tsao
 sansou / sanso
the Three Caos (Cao Cao 曹操 and his sons Cao Pi 曹丕 and Cao Zhi 曹植), who established the Wei or Cao Wei dynasty 曹魏, and were all three noted poets and calligraphers
sergeant (JSDF)


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    cao2 pi1
ts`ao p`i
    tsao pi
 souhi / sohi
Cao Pi (187-226), second son of Cao Cao 曹操, king then emperor of Cao Wei 曹魏 from 220, ruled as Emperor Wen 魏文帝, also a noted calligrapher
(personal name) Souhi



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cáo cān
    cao2 can1
ts`ao ts`an
    tsao tsan
Cao Can (-190 BC), second chancellor of Han Dynasty, contributed to its founding by fighting on Liu Bang's 劉邦|刘邦[Liu2 Bang1] side during the Chu-Han Contention 楚漢戰爭|楚汉战争[Chu3 Han4 Zhan4 zheng1]; also pr. [Cao2 Shen1]


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cáo cāo
    cao2 cao1
ts`ao ts`ao
    tsao tsao
 sousou / soso
Cao Cao (155-220), famous statesman and general at the end of Han, noted poet and calligrapher, later warlord, founder and first king of Cao Wei 曹魏, father of Emperor Cao Pi 曹丕; the main villain of novel the Romance of Three Kingdoms 三國演義|三国演义
(person) Cao Cao (155-220), famous statesman and general at the end of Han, noted poet and calligrapher, later warlord, founder and first king of Cao Wei, father of Emperor Cao Pi; the main villain of novel the Romance of Three Kingdoms


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cáo zhí
    cao2 zhi2
ts`ao chih
    tsao chih
 soushoku / soshoku
Cao Zhi (192-232), son of Cao Cao 曹操, noted poet and calligrapher
(surname) Soushoku



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cáo chōng
    cao2 chong1
ts`ao ch`ung
    tsao chung
Cao Chong (196-208), son of Cao Cao 曹操[Cao2 Cao1]


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cáo dòng
    cao2 dong4
ts`ao tung
    tsao tung
 Sō Dō
Cao and Dong; Cao and Dong


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    cao2 yu2
ts`ao yü
    tsao yü
 souguu / sogu
Cao Yu (1910-1997), PRC dramatist
(personal name) Souguu



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cáo xiàn
    cao2 xian4
ts`ao hsien
    tsao hsien
Cao county in Heze 菏澤|菏泽[He2 ze2], Shandong



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cáo kūn
    cao2 kun1
ts`ao k`un
    tsao kun
Cao Kun (1862-1938), one of the Northern Warlords


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cáo wèi
    cao2 wei4
ts`ao wei
    tsao wei
 sougi / sogi
Cao Wei, the most powerful of the Three Kingdoms, established as a dynasty in 220 by Cao Pi 曹丕, son of Cao Cao, replaced by Jin dynasty in 265
(See 魏・ぎ・1) Cao Wei; Wei; kingdom in China during the Three Kingdoms period (220-266)



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wáng sù
    wang2 su4
wang su
Wang Su (c. 195-256), classical scholar of Cao Wei dynasty, believed to have forged several classical texts


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chéng yù
    cheng2 yu4
ch`eng yü
    cheng yü
Cheng Yu (141-220), advisor to General Cao Cao 曹操 during the Three Kingdoms era


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 kougaku / kogaku
redology; study of the novel Dream of the Red Chamber by Cao Xueqin, one of China's four great classical novels


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xún yù
    xun2 yu4
hsün yü
Xun Yu (163-212), brilliant strategist, advisor of Cao Cao in Three Kingdoms



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zhōng yáo
    zhong1 yao2
chung yao
Zhong Yao (151-230), minister of Cao Wei 曹魏[Cao2 Wei4] and noted calligrapher, said to have developed the regular script 楷書|楷书[kai3 shu1]


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gāo píng
    gao1 ping2
kao p`ing
    kao ping
Gaoping, city in 山西[Shan1 xi1]; Cao Bang, Vietnam
(surname) Takara



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wèi guó
    wei4 guo2
wei kuo
Wei State (407-225 BC), one of the Seven Hero States of the Warring States 戰國七雄|战国七雄; Wei State or Cao Wei 曹魏 (220-265), the most powerful of the Three Kingdoms



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páng dé
    pang2 de2
p`ang te
    pang te
Pang De (-219), general of Cao Wei at the start of the Three Kingdoms period, victor over Guan Yu 關羽|关羽; Pound (name); Ezra Pound (1885-1972), American poet and translator



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sī mǎ yì
    si1 ma3 yi4
ssu ma i
Sima Yi (179-251), warlord under Cao Cao and subsequently founder of the Jin dynasty



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sī mǎ zhāo
    si1 ma3 zhao1
ssu ma chao
Sima Zhao (211-265), military general and statesman of Cao Wei 曹魏[Cao2 Wei4]



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cáo bù xīng
    cao2 bu4 xing1
ts`ao pu hsing
    tsao pu hsing
Cao Buxing or Ts'ao Pu-hsing (active c. 210-250), famous semilegendary painter, one of the Four Great Painters of the Six Dynasties 六朝四大家



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cáo gāng chuān
    cao2 gang1 chuan1
ts`ao kang ch`uan
    tsao kang chuan
Cao Gangchuan (1935-), former artillery officer, senior PRC politician and army leader


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cáo sī wén
    cao2 si1 wen2
ts`ao ssu wen
    tsao ssu wen
 Sō Shimon
Cao Siwen; Cao Siwen


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cáo xuě qín
    cao2 xue3 qin2
ts`ao hsüeh ch`in
    tsao hsüeh chin
Cao Xueqin (c. 1715-c. 1764), accepted author of A Dream of Red Mansions 紅樓夢|红楼梦[Hong2 lou2 Meng4]
(person) Cao Xueqin



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cáo jìng huá
    cao2 jing4 hua2
ts`ao ching hua
    tsao ching hua
Cao Jinghua (1897-1987), translator from Russian, professor of Peking University and essayist



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cáo yú zhāng
    cao2 yu2 zhang1
ts`ao yü chang
    tsao yü chang
Cao Yuzhang (1924-1996), modern writer and publisher, author of Tales from 5000 Years of Chinese History 上下五千年[Shang4 xia4 Wu3 Qian1 nian2]



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hàn xiàn dì
    han4 xian4 di4
han hsien ti
Emperor Xian of Han (181-234), the final Han emperor, set up by Dong Zhuo 董卓, reigned 189-220, forced to abdicate 220 by Cao Pi 曹丕

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