Wednesday, September 21, 2016

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

The big seal script of character Flash

which is formed by a 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 saw a person who flashed through the door gap.

In comparison with big seal script Prison


which is a person in a box or small room. The room or box has no gap, an isolated place.

The small seal script for 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 inpictography feature.  

It Pinyin is "Shan3".

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




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