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". 

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