An ounce of prevention

It's surprisingly hard to pin down the meaning of 防止 (boushi). The Daijirin plays the old trick of converting the word into 訓読み and calling it a definition: ふせぎとめること。 As Daijirin so helpfully confirms, 防止 is a combination of the characters for "check/stem" and "stop." 防止 is often translated as "prevent," and that usually works, […]