Monday, November 21, 2016

Amazing Chinese characters (114) Compete - 竞

The shell bone script for character Compete is


two people stand side by side, they are competing. Original, it meant that two slaves were fighting to entertaining lords.

Its big seal script is
which is more like two people side by side with decorations on cloth.

Its small seal script is

Similar to big seal script.

As time passed, there were no slaves anymore, the character represent any competitions.


Its clerical script is


similar to the old scripts above.

Its current Song typeface for traditional character is


same as the clerical script.

Its current Song typeface for simplified script is 


only one person, which is not meeting the meaning of Competing, so it is not a good simplified character. 

Its Pinyin is "Jing4".


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