Thursday, February 28, 2019

Amazing Chinese Characters (226) Poor - 穷

The big seal script for character Poor is

The top

is character Cave (Post 44).

The bottom
is character Bending (Post 225). Why bending? Because the cave is too low, and too too much is on the back.


 Poor people bend their back to bring heavy coal from small coal mine.

In the ancient time, people lived in caves. The cave was house for people. Natural caves were few, man made caves had to be built in rock or hard soil area, very difficult to dig, also need wood to build door and windows. Poor people couldn't afford to build big caves.



The small seal script for character Poor is

similar to its big seal script

The clerical script for the character is
The top Cave is much smaller and shorter than that in big or small seal scripts, the Bent-body is exposed outside of the cave.

The standard script for traditional character Poor is

very similar to its clerical script

The song typeface for simplified character Poor is


the top is Cave, the bottom is Power of Strength (Post 168), people who live in cave and do manual labor are poor? It may be truth nowadays (simplified characters were created in 1950s).

Its Pinyin is Qiong2.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Amazing Chinese Characters (225) Bending - 躬

The Bronze script for Bending is


The left 


is Body (see Post 97)

On the right


normally means two or more people sing songs (open mouth). But I think which is not the meaning here. I think that the two circles here are two big stones on the back of Body, so the body has to bend to keep the balance, which is the meaning of the character.


most of time, it means bow.


The character has the Body on left, so it is specific for bending body, not any other things. People bend or bow to show their respect when they meet in ancient China.



The small seal script for Bending is

The left is Body of small seal script.

The right part


is Bow (see Post 43), which is bending.

The clerical script for Bending is


The left is Body of clerical script, the right is the Bow of clerical script.

Its Song typeface is


Its Pinyin is Gong1.