before

(standing worms) + (moon/organ) + (sword)
★★★★★
9 strokes

Onyomi

ZEN

ZEN is before NOW. That is a terrible pun but now you won't be able to forget it.

Mnemonic

Cut the standing worms with your sword before the full moon. Otherwise they'll turn into WERE-worms, of which the less said, the better.

Kunyomi

まえ before; in front of
★★★★★
( この ) まえ last time (i.e. "Thanks for helping me last time.")
★★★★★

Jukugo

午前(ごぜん)

AM ★★★★★
(noon) + (before) = 午前 (AM)

AM , before noon.

名前(なまえ)

name ★★★★★ KUNKUN
(name, famous) + (before) = 名前 (name)

(まえ) XXX

every XXX ★★★★★ PRE

every xxx (day, week, year, night, etc.)

お前(おまえ)

You ★★★★☆

You. Kind of rude -like a father scolding a son. Ruder than 君(きみ) but less rude than コイツ.

建前(たてまえ)

The way one behaves in public ★★☆☆☆ CCWKUNKUN
(build) + (before) = 建前 (The way one behaves in public)

one's principles, one's public position. (i.e. never drinking tang, being anti-abortion) (as opposed to 本音, one's private feelings)

Synonyms

assumption
期待    予想    前提    先入観   
correct, just
当たり前    当然    適当    正しい    適切    妥当    もっともの 正に   
from now on, since then
以前    以来    以後    以降    きり それから 今後   
name
名前    名____、姓____    名字    氏    氏名    姓名   
proceed
前進    進む   
sign or symptom
兆候    前兆    縁起    直感