Friday, August 5, 2016

Amazing Chinese Characters (52) Evening - 夕

The shell bone script for character Evening is


which may let you recall the shell bone script for character Moon


The difference between the two is the vertical line in Moon without in Evening. We can understand that in the early evening, the moon rises up, but not bright under the sunset glow. So the character Moon has a vertical line, means brighter. The character Evening is empty inside, means less bright.


The big seal script of Evening is 


Moon without the short line inside.

Its small seal script


in comparision with the small seal script for Moon


right now, the Evening character has one line in side, but the Moon character has two lines inside, which means that the Moon is brighter.

Its clerical script is


in comparison with the clerical script for character Moon


Some similarity, the Evening character has one dot in side, and the Moon character has two lines inside.

Its current standard printing script for traditional or simplified character is


same as its clerical script.

Its Pinyin is "Xi1".

I need to point out that the is for early evening, just couple hours after sunset, which should be a little bit shorter than the period of Evening in English.

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