Monday, February 22, 2021

Amazing Chinese Characters (338) Not Yet - 未

 The shell bone script of character Not Yet is

A tree with luxuriant foliage and spreading branches, here we see the branches, not the foliage because it is difficult to draw. The top curve in the middle is the twig. The tree will bear fruit but not yet.

The bronze script of the character is

Similar to shell bone script.

The small seal script of the character is

Similar to the old scripts.

The clerical script of the character is

The curves are straight now.

The song typeface of the character is

Same as the clerical script.

Its Pinyin is Wei4.

The character also means Not, Will/Would be. But many times, while it means Not, may imply "it will be, it will do". Just like, the tree do not have fruit, but will do.

For example, Chinese like to say 未来 (来 - Come, Post 146), Not Yet Come, which means In The Future, or Future.  

I want to point out that there is another character 末 (Tree Tip, Post 78) looks very similar in song typeface , but totally different meaning:

The difference is that the 未 (Not Yet) has the shorter horizontal line on the top, but 末 (Tree Tip) has the longer horizontal line on the top. Originally, they are very different, but since the most strokes become straight in clerical scripts, they are so similar that you may be confused which is which. You could go Post 78 to see for more detail about the evolution of character Tree Tip.

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