Sunday, September 11, 2016

Amazing Chinese Characters (74) Follow - 从

We learnt the Character People or Person - 人,  let us see two other characters formed by two or three Character People - 人.

The first is character Follow, its shell bone script is


 which is two people, one follows another: Follow


There is another character very similar.


which has two people standing front and back, but facing right and forearms up. It means Compete (See Post 162). 

However, there is a different form of its shell bone script above


In which, the right part is samiliar to the shell bone Follow above, the left part means "Street". So the character is Follow too, but emphasizing the two people on street.

Its small seal script is



similar to its shell bone script

there is a different form of small seal script



The right part is Follow, the left means "Foot": one follow one on their feet.

Its clerical script is


which changed a lot. The bottom of "Foot" moves to the right, under the two people. The left become "Street" part. It is difficult from here to see meaningful pictography of the character.

Its current standard printing script for traditional script is


same as it clerical script. 

Its current standard printing script of simplified script is 


similar to the simple form of original shell bone script, which is better pictography and ideogram character. It is a good example of simplified character is better than the traditional counterpart. 

Its Pinyin is "Cong2".

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