Saturday, May 16, 2020

Amazing Chinese Characters (286) Long - 长

The shell bone script of character Long is



The middle is one line which is the head, above the line are hair, and below the line is the body of a person. The hair is Long. 

The bronze script of the character is


Similar to the shell bone script.

The big seal script of the character is


Similar to the older scripts.

The small seal script of the character is


The top is hair. But the bottom is complex. 《象形字典》(Dictionary of Pictography) explanation is that an old man with a crutch, old man has longer hair. There was no barber knife in ancient time.

The clerical script of the character is


Some similarity to the small seal script.

The song typeface for simplified character is

Almost same as the clerical script.

The simplified song typeface of the character is

Only one hair left on the top.

Its Pinyin is Chang2.

The character has another meaning: Grow, pronunciation is Zhang3.

But original meaning is Chang, and still a major meaning now.

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