Sunday, August 6, 2017

Amazing Chinese Characters (165) Wife - 妻

The shell bone script of character Wife is


The bottom is character Woman, the up right is a hand grabbing her hairs. In ancient time, people often to capture women to force marriage. The character describes the situation. It is sad but unfortunately it is true.

Let's see its small seal script

which is formed by character Woman



and character Claw (or Hand)


Which means that man catched up a woman and forced her to be his wife, explained by dictionary.

Some people explained that the man touched the woman by hand to show his love, which is more accepted by morden society.

Its clerical script is


similar to its small seal script.

The current standard printing script is


Similar to its clerical script.

Its pinyin is Qi1.


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