correct a probem / direct contact

(the fly) + L (loser)
★★★★☆
8 strokes
DUPEJERKPN
In jukugo, 直 tends to use CHOKU in words that have to do with direct contact, and JIKI in words which have to do with fixing things or being nice.

Onyomi

CHOKU or JIKI

Mnemonic

My hand directly smacks the fly because it's a loser. (and it vomited on my CHOCOlate) This fixed the problem of vomi-chocolate. Now I feel more JIGGY.

Kunyomi

( ) なお*す to fix / reform / correct a problem ( a broken chair, an inneficient beuraracrarcy, a poorly spelled word). Doesn't mean the thing was totally fucked up. Sometimes 直す just means do some minor alterations or revisions to make some shit perfect. Also means redo, as in かけ直して (phone me back).
★★★★☆
( ) なお*る it gets fixed
★★★☆☆

Jukugo

直接(ちょくせつ) の or に

direct. ★★★★☆
(correct a probem / direct contact) + (directly contact) = 直接 (direct.)

directly (not just direct communication, but direct anything) (adjective form:直接的な)

正直(しょうじき)

honest / loyal ★★★☆☆
(correct) + (correct a probem / direct contact) = 正直 (honest / loyal)

very honest person, very loyal. Person with integrity. Also means, "To tell you the truth. . . xxxx"

xxx と 仲直り(なかなおり) する

to make up ★★★☆☆
(friendship) + (correct a probem / direct contact) = 仲直り (to make up)

to make up with XXX

, to restore a friendship

素直(すなお)

obedient ★★☆☆☆ KUN ON
(element) + (correct a probem / direct contact) = 素直 (obedient)

obedient, gentle (kind of usually used in a sexist way to compliment a lady. I have a hat with sunao written on the front which always is good for nervous laughter.)

直前(ちょくぜん)

immediately before ★☆☆☆☆
(correct a probem / direct contact) + (before) = 直前 (immediately before )

Lookalikes

Meaning Hint Radical
plant TREE
tool WITHOUT THE 'TEN' RADICAL
really TEN
prefecture SMALL
correct a probem / direct contact 'L' L
put down on table NET

TREES are plants

The truth is worth TEN TOOLS.

I come from a SMALL prefecture.

You can't spell "correct a probLLLLem" without an “L".

You put the NET down on the table.

Used In

Synonyms

cure
直す    治す   
directly
接する    直接    つなぐ 直に   
faithful, upstanding
誠    誠実    正直    堅実    忠実   
fix
修理    直す    繕う    修繕する   
honor
名誉    光栄    潔さ    正直   
sign or symptom
兆候    前兆    縁起    直感   
stiffen
硬くなる    固める    硬直する    硬化