Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Amazing Chinese Characters (135) Small, Young - 小

How to draw a picture to present "Small"? Ancient Chinese used the following shell bone script


three short vertical bars. Actually, they wanted to show small particles.

The bronze script is


more like three small particles.

The small seal script is


three lines, the particles disappeared. But we can see the similarity between it and the older scripts. The reason why its pictography was gone is because there is no dot in small seal script, all dots are replaced by short curve or straight lines, which is better to write but less pictography.

The clerical script is


the two dot-alike short lines on sides but the middle is a verticle bar with a hook at bottom.

The character also means "Young".

The current standard printing script is


very similar to the clerical script.

It pinyin is "Xiao3".

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