the honorific "o"

(goleft) + (bamboo) + (correct) + (fingerprint)
★★★★☆
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Onyomi

O or GO

Mnemonic

It is the honorable, correct thing to GO to the cops and give them your fingerprints. At least that's what they make foreigners do at the airport!

Jukugo

御飯(ごはん)

rice ★★★★☆ KANA
(the honorific "o") + (rice / meal) = 御飯 (rice)

two meanings - 1) cooked rice, 2) a meal

御手洗い(おてあらい)

toilet, man. Toilet!!!!!!! ★★★☆☆ F
(the honorific "o") + (hand) + (wash) = 御手洗い (toilet, man. Toilet!!!!!!!)

a shitter

御覧(ごらん)

please look sir ★★☆☆☆ F
(the honorific "o") + (view) = 御覧 (please look sir)

a formal way of asking your superior to view something. either 'ごらん ください' or 'ごらん に なる.'

御免なさい(ごめんなさい)

sorry ★☆☆☆☆ KANA
(the honorific "o") + (exemption / license) = 御免なさい (sorry)

sorry (usually KANA, but it's worth learning to see the roots of the expression: 'Honorably exempt me (from your wrath!)')

Lookalikes

Meaning Hint Radical
free time DAY
enjoy a drink and a smoke MOUTH
honorable WATER
the honorific "o" GO

I'm free TODAY, to enjoy a drink with my MOUTH.

I'm honorable so I'll share my WATER .

As for 御, it is easy because the left radical means GO in English, and it's pronounced GO!!!