Friday, August 5, 2016

Amazing Chinese Characters (54) Write - 书(書)

The shell bone script of character Write is


the top part


is a hand holding a brush, the bottom is an ink stone. It shows that a person is dipping ink with a brush for writing. 


Its bronze script is


The top is hand and brush. The bottom is character 日 -  Sun. Well, now it is not sun, but an ink stone with ink.

Its small seal script is


more complicated, but we can see the fingers on top, the vertical straight line is the brush attached with some short hairs, the bottom is the sun.

Its clerical script is


the fingers are on top, the vertical straight line is the brush attached with some short hairs in the end of brush, the bottom is the ink stone.

Its song typeface for traditional character is


same as the clerical script.

Its song typeface for simplified character is


changed dramatically, no fingers, no brush, no ink stone, all disappeared. This is another example that the simplified character destroyed the pictography. You could write less strokes but all strokes are meaningless.

Its Pinyin is "Shu1".
I need to point out that the is used more often for its another meaning "Book". The original "Write" meaning is used less popular. But the character was created as "Write", not "Book". Book is the product of writing, so people used the same character to mean "Book".




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