Friday, August 5, 2016

Amazing Chinese Characters (54) Write - 書

The shell bone scipt for character Write is

the top part

is a hand holding a brush, the bottom is a flat writing material. It shows that a person is writing with a brush. Another explanation is that the bottom is character Mouth, which means that a person uses brush to "speak" something. "Speak" here is same as "Express".

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 bamboo strip or other writing material.

Its clerical script is

similar to the small seal script, a little bit simpler. We can see five fingers - the five horizontal lines, the brush - the vertical line, and paper - the bottom part.

Its current standard printing script for traditional character is

same as the clerical script.

Its current standard printing script for simplified character is

changed dramatically, not pictography any more. This is another example that the simplified character destroyed the pictography.

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".

Its Pinyin is "Shu1".

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