Friday, December 9, 2016

Amazing Chinese Characters (122) Snake - 蛇

Snake is the sixth animal in Chinese Zodiac.

The big seal script for character Snake is

just like a snake.

The small seal script is

There is a big change. The right part is similar to its big script but the left part was not exist. What is the left part? Why did ancient Chinese add extra part?

The reason is that the right part was used for "It". So people added a

which means "Insect" to avoid confusion. It happened, even though very few that characters changed the form and meaning in 3000 years.

The clerical script is

Similar to small seal script.

The current standard printing script is

very similar to the clerical script.

Its pinyin is "She2".

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