Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Amazing Chinese Characters (303) Gain-Trust - 孚

The shell bone script of character Gain-Trust is

On the top left is a hand, the rest is 子 - Child (Post 285) . A hand holding a child is "Gain-Trust".


Here I used a compound words "Gain-Trust" first time to express the meaning of the character because, neither "Gain" nor "Trust" is not the real meaning of the character.

The explanation on Dictionary of Pictography is that the original meaning of the character is Capture. I disagree. Because to capture a child doesn't make sense, and the current meaning of the character is "Grain-Trust", which is opposite to Capture but close to child trusts parents's hands.

The big seal script of the character is

The top is the hand, the bottom is a child.

The small seal script of the character is

Similar to the big seal script.

The clerical script of the character is


The top is hand, the bottom is child.

The character is not used often now, most are in proverbs, e.g. 深孚众望.

Its Pinyin is Fu2.


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