Sunday, January 30, 2022

Amazing Chinese Characters (472) Deploy - 陈(陳)

 The bronze script of character Deploy is

Left is small hills, right part is character East (Post 77). The Dictionary of Pictography thinks that the right one should be character Vehicle (Post 5). The character means that deploying army to position before combat, which should have many vehicles. I think that the bronze script Deploy is 3000+ ago when the combat vehicle should not be popular because not afford to have so many vehicles.

What I think is that the right part character East means Morning here. Deploying army in the morning back against a cliff is the meaning of the character.

The big seal script of the character is
There are three parts. The left and middle combination is similar to the bronze script. The right part is a hand (bottom) holding a stick (top), which means To Hit, To Beat. The army is in position and ready to attack.

The small seal script of the character is
The left is small hills, and the right is character East.

The clerical script of the character is

The left is called Radical Er because it looks like an er, but it means the small hills, which is like hills too, but just two hills, not three as older scripts do have. The right part is character East.

The song typeface of the character is
Same as the clerical script.

The song typeface of the character is
The right one is simplified character East.

The Pinyin of the character is Chen2.

陈(陳)has been a popular family name for 3000+ years. Unless in proverb, or combination words, if you mention 陈(陳), people will think that you are talking the family name, not Deploy. Actor Jackie Chan's Chinese name is 陈龙 (simplified Chinese), or 陳龍 (traditional Chinese). 

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