Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Amazing Chinese Characters (81) Flash - 闪(閃)

The big seal script of character Flash

Outside is character Door and a Person inside, a person inside or under the door means Flash. Why?

I should point out that you can't think that the Person is sitting inside, what you should think is that people inside saw a person outside flashed through the door very quickly.

In comparison with big seal script of character Prison we just learnt in Post 79.


which is a person in a cell or small room. The room or cell has no door, even no gap, the prisoner can’t see anything outside.

The small seal script of Flash is


similar to its big seal script.

Its clerical script is

still similar.

Its current standard printing script for traditional character is


same as the clerical script.

Its current standard printing script for simplified character is


Because the simplified Door 门 is not pictography, the 闪 is not as good as traditional character 閃 in pictography.  

It Pinyin is "Shan3".

闪 is used with 电(character Electricity, Post 247) to form a combination 闪电, means Lightning.




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