Thursday, October 29, 2020

Amazing Chinese Characters (311) Reach - 及

 The shell bone script of character Reach is


The top is a person, the bottom is a hand. To reach and catch is the original meaning of the character.

The bronze script of the character is


similar to the shell bone script: the top is a person, the bottom is a hand that has caught the person's leg.

The big seal script of the character is

similar to older scripts, the low part of the leg disappeared. We could imagine that the hand blocked the leg.

The small seal script of the character is


similar to the big seal script except the arm very long.

The clerical script of the character is

similar but not clear any more. If you didn't know the older scripts, you may not see "Person" and "Hand".

The song typeface of the character is

same as its clerical script.

Its Pinyin is Ji1.


Friday, October 23, 2020

Amazing Chinese Characters (310) Fit - 合

The shell bone script of character Fit is


The top is upper lip, the bottom is mouth, here is lower lip. The lips close together completely to cover the mouth, which means Fit.

The Dictionary of Pictography explains that the character means kissing, I don't agree. The two lips are from the same person, not two different person.

Some people believe that the top is a lid, the bottom is a pan, the two fit each other. 

The bronze script of the character is

Very similar to the shell bone script

The big seal script of the character is

Similar to the old scripts

The small seal script of the character is


very similar to old scripts.

The clerical script of the character is


no much difference from the old script.

The song typeface of the character is
Its pinyin is He2.

Character also means "Close" (close the door), and other meanings.


Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Amazing Chinese Characters (309) Exhausted - 尽(盡)

The shell bone script of character Exhausted is


The top is a brush, and the bottom is a utensil. Using brush to clean the vessel after eating is Exhausted - nothing left in the utensil. 

The big seal script of character Exhausted is


The top is a hand holding a brush, the bottom 


is a utensil.

The small seal script of character Exhausted is


A hand holding a brush on the top, and a utensil on the bottom.

The clerical script of character Exhausted is


The four dots are brush hair, not Fire as they normally mean. 

The song typeface of traditional character Exhausted is

Similar to clerical script.

The song typeface of simplified character Exhausted is

There is zero similarity to old scripts. How did this big change happen? I don't know. I only can guess that could be from running script and cursive script.

The Pinyin of the character is Jin4.