Thursday, February 27, 2020

Amazing Chinese Characters (266) Morning - 早

Shell bone script for character Morning is

The top is Sun (日,see Post 4)

The bottom is Grass (草,see Post 49)

When the Sun rises just above the grass is Morning.

The bronze scripts for Morning are

Similar to shell bone script, except the straight horizontal line in the bottom.

The big seal script for the character is

In which, the bottom is changed very big. Some people believe that the bottom is a type of grass, others think that it was written this way mistakenly. 

The small seal script for Morning is 

Similar to big seal script

The clerical script for Morning is

Which is changed back to similar to old scripts.

Its Pinyin is Zao3.

早 is a popular character. People greet each other in the morning:"早上好!” (Good morning!). Even just say "早!“ (Morning!), which are same as people do with English.

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