Monday, November 27, 2017

Amazing Chinese Characters (180) Stomach - 胃

The shell bone script of character Stomach is


a bag with some rice or food inside, which is pictograph character.

The bronze script of the character is

the top is the bag with food as the shell bone script, the bottom one is character 月, which means "Flesh" here but is Moon if used as a single character.

The character means a flesh bag or a bag inside a body, which is stomach.

The big seal script of the character is
very similar to its bronze script.

The small seal script of the character is


the bag is rectange, not round; the bottom is more symmetrical.

The clerical script of the character is

no rice dots inside of the bag, strokes are straight lines except one on the bottom left.

The current standard printing script is

All are straight lines, you can't imagine what its shell bone or big seal scripts look like from it.

Its Pinyin is Wei4.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Amazing Chinese Characters (179) Fork - 叉

The shell bone script of character Fork is


or

The middle of the top one is 

which is a hand. It is surrounded by many dots,  meaning that a hand inserts into many small stuffs, such as rice. 

The bottom one has only two dots, but same meaning.

The big seal script of the character is


a hand with one dot.

Its small seal script is
similar to big seal script.

All above are like a Fork.

Its clerical script is

the hand becomes
which is not like a hand, even though if you look it carefully, you still can see a little bit similarity. The curves become less curve or straight lines.

The song typeface of the character is


Its Pinyin is Cha1.

I need to point out that 叉 also means "Cross" or "X". 

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Amazing Chinese Characters (178) Rush - 奔

The bronze script for Rush or Run quickly is


the top is a person who moves his arms, and takes big steps,  the bottom are three feet.

Let's compare it with another character in shell bone script

 which means Walk.

The two characters have the same top parts, three feet on the bottom of Rush, and one foot on the bottom of Walk.

Here the one foot or three feet means how fast the person walks or runs. One foot means slow, and three feet means fast. Or we can think that the one big foot is clear to us, three small feet let us feel a little bit blurring because the feet move so quickly, we can't see them clearly.



The big seal script of the character is

Similar to bronze script.

The small seal script of the character is


similar to the older scripts, but changed a lot, especially the character Foot, which is from unsymmetrical to symmetrical.

In comparison, the small seal script of Walk is


The bottom foot is not similar to the feet in Rush.

The clerical script for Rush is
a little bit similarity to the small seal script.

The song typeface of the character is


which is very similar to its clerical script.

Its pinyin is Ben1.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Amazing Chinese Characters (177) Neat or Uniformity - 齐(齊)

The shell bone script of character Neat is

It is a picture of shoots, meanwhile germination.



The big seal script of this character is

very similar to the shell bone script.

The character also means uniform movement


Its small script is


which keeps the 3 shoots, but adds a "=" in the middle. The = emphasizes the time is same, the hight is same for the shoots.

Its clerical script is


which changed too much to be similar to the old script. I did not find any explanation for the reason why it changed to this form.

Its current standard script for traditional charater is


Same as the clerical script.

The current standard script for simplified character is


which is from cursive script. But if it has any meaning? I don't know.

Its pinyin is Qi1.