Friday, October 7, 2016

Amazing Chinese Characters (96) Walk - 走,行

There are two characters for Walk.

The first one's bronze script is

Its original meaning was Run. The top is a man who runs with swinging his arms, the bottom is a foot. But it changed to Walk. The character Run is 跑 right now.

Its big seal script is

Its small seal script is

similar, but less pictography.

Its clerical script is

not much pictography any more, even though still has some similarity.

Its current standard printing script is

Its Pinyin is "Zou3".

The second one's shell bone script is

which is an intersection of two roads. Walking is on the road.

Its big seal script is
similar to the shell bone script, but the lines are not straight.

Its small seal script is 

The lines are touched, the east - west direction is blocked, not intersection any more.

Its clerical script is 

Not like intersection, even difficult to feel any road-alike. The left part is a famous part which means "road", "street". If a character has this kind part, it should be related to "road", or "street". But the meaning of the character is Walk same as the previous one. 

Its current standard printing script is 

Its Pinyin is "Xing2".

The first one is more popular right now, the second is more used in writing, even though it is used in oral Chinese too. The two can be put together to have the same meaning

is Walk too, but more used in writing.

The two are similar and exchangeable. There is a subtle difference: 行 is used more in the writing, and sometimes it means "pass" or "OK". 走 is just Walk, no other meanings. 

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