Thursday, February 28, 2019

Amazing Chinese Characters (226) Poor - 穷(窮)

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 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 song typeface 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.

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