Thursday, March 10, 2022

Amazing Chinese Characters (483) Wait - 候

 The bid seal script of character Wait is

The left part is a person, the right top is an animal head, the the bottom is character Marquis (Post 481). A person is waiting for his turn of archery in archery range.

Dictionary of Pictography explains the meaning of the character is "(People) hold bow and arrows hide in the mountain, wait an opportunity of hunting wild animals.". It may be true, but there is no sign of mountain, no bow in the character. I prefer to waiting for his turn to archery in range. 

The small seal script of the character is

Similar to big seal script.

The clerical script of the character is

The left is Person Radical, the right is a short vertical line plus archery range. Why is there a short vertical line? It is not suppose to have that line if we compare it with small seal script. 
I guess that it may be added to distinguish the character from the character Marquis (Post 481),

The Pinyin of the character is Hou4.

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