Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Amazing Chinese Characters (489) Modal Particle - 乎

There are many modal particles in Chinese, today I introduce one of them.

Its shell bone script

The horizontal line is a bamboo tube of Chinese ancient wind music instrument (Post 488). The long vertical line is the blowing mouth and tube. The top three short lines are air flow from the tube strongly, which means that the sound is high and loud. The top line is missing, which may be different but similar instrument

The bronze script of the character is

Similar to shell bone script, but an extra horizontal line on the top, which may be a movable cover, the out air flow is strong to lift it up high.

Let's compare it with character At - 于 (Post 488)

No dots at all, which means that there is no air flow, just a music instrument idle there.

The big seal script of the character is

Similar to bronze script.

The small seal script is 

Similar to older scripts, but the top becomes unsymmetrical Pi, which may mean the flow is uneven.

The clerical script of the character is
Changed a lot, more like big seal script. 

The Pinyin of the character is Hu1.


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