Thursday, March 18, 2021

Amazing Chinese Characters (350) Flourish - 兴

 The shell bone script of character Flourish is

There are two drawings. 
The top one: the middle is a brick model, two hands on each side, a person is making brick with prepared mud.


The worker smashed the mud into wooden mold.


then cut the extra mud with a tight wire, which is the top of the character.

Carefully take the mold off, leave the fresh brick on the ground for days let it air dry, then take it to build a house, or move it into brick kiln to fire bricks for better bricks.


Which is the bottom of the character.

Many people are preparing to build up big buildings, or bridges or palace, etc. which means that people have enough food, and extra money to do large scale construction,  a Flourish time.

The bronze script of the character is

Similar to shell bone script, but some lines are connected instead of separated, which makes confusion. But if you compare it with the shell bone script, you can find the similarity.

The small seal script of the character is

We can see the hands. If we see carefully, we can see that the lower rammer - 口 is close to the upper rammer which has longer ropes covering the lower rammer. too close to see two rammers.  

The clerical script of the character is


The top part is similar to that of small seal script, the bottom long dots are two simplified hands.

The song typeface for the traditional character is
Very similar to the clerical script.

The song typeface of simplified character is
The top becomes 3 long dots, each represent one part of the top, reducing the strokes dramatically. At the same time, the pictography of character is destroyed. 

Its Pinyin is Xing1.

The character could combine with 高 - High, to form a word 高兴 - Happy. The pronunciation of 高兴 is Gao1-Xing4.

So there are two pronunciations: Xing1, Xing4. 

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