Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Amazing Chinese Characters (228) Sweet - 甘,甜

The shell bone script for character Sweet is


a short line in a mouth. The short line is an indictor or pointer to tell people "I mean here". In this character, here is something sweet in mouth. This kind characters are called Indicative characters.


Its small seal script is


similar to its shell bone script.

Its clerical script is

which the character Mouth outside is changed significantly, but the inside line is still the pointer of sweet.

Its song typeface is


Its pinyin is Gan1.

Even though 甘 is still used in text, but long time ago, people started to use another character for Sweet. Let see it.

The big seal script of another character of Sweet


Big seal script was a little bit later after the shell bone script. The left of above Tongue (Post 157), the right is 甘(Sweet). The tongue emphasizes which organ to feel the sweet.

The small seal script for the above character


The left is 甘,right is tongue.

The clerical script of the character is

the left is tongue, and the right is 甘。

Its song typeface is

Its Pinyin is Tian2. 

People use 甜 for Sweet in most of times right now, 99%+ in oral Chinese and 90%+ in writing. 甘 is still used, especially in proverbs. Some times, put the two together 甘甜 is very common way to mean Sweet.

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