Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Amazing Chinese Characters (207) Spoon - 勺

The shell bone script of character Spoon is


the bottom is the handle, and the half circle is the spoon rest, and the small circle is the food.

In comparison, we can see the shell bone script for character Fork (Post 179)


the two short lines are food, means that the fork inserts into the food.

The bronze script of the character Spoon is



similar to the traditional Chinese wood spoon, which is still popular.



The big seal script for the character is
which is the vertical view of a spoon.

The small seal script for the character is


which is bent too much, lost some pictography.

The clerical script for the character is
We see some similarity of the clerical script to the small seal script above.

The song typeface of the character is


Its Pinyin is Shao2.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Amazing Chinese Characters (206) Cloud - 云(雲)

The shell bone script for character Cloud is


The top "二” means "moving", the bottom curly line means "air flow".



The bronze script for Cloud is


 similar to its shell bone script.

The big seal script for the character is
the bottom curly line becomes a hook.


The small seal script for Cloud is

the bottom is paper clip.

The clerical script for the character is
The top "雨” is character "Rain". The bottom "云“ is character "Say" originally. The bottom one is very similar to big seal scripts of Cloud and Say, which makes confusion. So people added 雨 on the top of 云 to represent Cloud.

雨 is above the 云, which means that the clouds before raining.

The song typeface of traditional character for Cloud is

which is same as its clerical script

The song typeface of simplified character for Cloud is


In traditional Chinese, 雲 is Cloud, 云 is Say. However, in simplified Chinese, both Cloud and Say share 云, so it may cause confusion even though the possibility is very low。

Its Pinyin is: Yun2.