Friday, October 7, 2016

Amazing Chinese Characters (96) Walk and Move - 走,行

There are two characters of 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 shell bone script of character Move is

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

Its bronze script is

very like the intersection of streets.

Its big seal script is
similar to the older scripts, but the lines are not straight anymore.

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 Moving 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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