Friday, May 29, 2020

Amazing Chinese Characters (294) Epidemic - 疫

The shell bone script of character Epidemic is

The right part is a vertical bed (Post 151), the middle part is a person (Post 37), the lower left is a hand holding a stick.

The explanation could be
1, the person who is infected is lying on bed, some one standing near the bed hold a stick to force the patient staying on bed in order to avoid infecting others
2, the person who stands near the bed is taking care of the patient.

The big seal script of the character is
The bed is on the left right now, the lower right is the hand, the 厂 on the top could be headboard, the part on the hand could be the patient, just too small.  I just guessed.

The small seal script of the character is

similar to the big seal script on the left bed and lower right hand, the top horizontal line could be the headboard, under which is the patient.

The clerical script of the character is
The change is big. The 几 is the patient, and 又 is the hand.

The top and side part

is bed + headboard, which is a popular radical, called "Sickness Head", any character with this radical is related to sickness.

Its pinyin is Yi4.

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