Friday, April 9, 2021

Amazing Chinese Characters (365) Present - 今

 The shell bone script of character Present is


The top triangle is an open mouth, the bottom horizontal line is an indicator for sound or voice from the mouth. Someone is talking, most likely about something happening.

Let's compare with character Order

The bottom is a keeling man who is listening the order from the mouth of his boss. 

An open mouth with sound means talking something currently happening. 

The bronze script of the character is


Similar to shell bone script except the horizontal line on the bottom has a little hook and touches one side of the mouth, possible means the tongue is moving to speak.

The big seal script of the character is
Similar to bronze script, but the triangle becomes hat-alike, and the short horizontal line moved a little bit up.

The small seal script of the character is

The top is similar to older scripts, the bottom horizontal line becomes a hook, which may mean the talking is not simple, or just for better vertical stretch to make the character more balance.

The clerical script of the character is
Similar to small seal script, but the hook changes the direction.

The song typeface of the character is

Same as the clerical script.

In comparison with the song typeface of Order

Very similar except the extra dot in the bottom of character Order, which is simplified the kneeling man.

Pinyin for 今 is Jin1.


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