The bronze script of character Word is
Inside is character Child (Post 21), the outside cover is a house. A child is a house, which is Word? Actually, in the ancient time, any person had a name, and a courtesy name. The name was given by parents in or before 3 months old for relatives to call. When the girl grew up to 15 years old, and boy to 20 years old, they were given a courtesy name for their adulthood life. The name was like a nickname, the courtesy name is like a form name for social life. After a girl was given the courtesy name, she could get married. After a boy was given courtesy name, he could take some adult responsibility or jobs.
As long as a person has not got the courtesy name, he/she is like a child in a house. The courtesy name is the original meaning of the character.
The big seal script of the character is
The small seal script of the character is
Similar to the older scripts.
The clerical script of the character is
The song typeface of the character is
Its pinyin is Zi4.
The character has expanded hit meaning to Word, but I have not found when and how it expanded to have Word meaning. The courtesy name tradition had only followed restrictedly in intellectuals for at least hundreds years. After 1949, the tradition has not been followed completely.