Friday, February 12, 2021

Amazing Chinese Characters (334) Arrive - 到

 The big seal script of character Arrive is 

The left is character To (Post 298), which is a downward arrow inserted into a wood board on the bottom. Which means To or To get there. It is the Arrow to or to get there. In order to express that a person arrives there, people added a character Person on the right as above to specifically express a person arriving somewhere, sometimes also means that a person's letter arrives or reaches to another person. Anyway, it is used for human relationship.

The small seal script of the character is

The left is To, the right is Knife (Post 61). 《Dictionary of Pictography》explains that people mistakenly used Knife because it is very like the character Person. I agree. However, it is possible that they changed to knife because they just express that people (e.g. soldiers) arrive to some where used arrow and knife, which is possible. 

The clerical script of the character is
It changed a lot. The explanation of change on the left can be found in Post 298, and the right is famous Knife radical, which means Knife. The straight vertical line with a hook is from the long S shape stroke.

The song typeface of the character is

Its pinyin is Dao4.

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