Thursday, July 7, 2022

Amazing Chinese Characters (514) Sharp (blade) - 锋(鋒)

 The big seal script of character Sharp (blade) is 

The left is character Gold, see Post 511, the right is character Sharp (needle), see Post 510. The Gold means metal, most likely bronze at that time, it is Metal + Sharp, which means the sharp of blade.

The small seal script of the character is 

The left is Gold, the middle + right is Meet (see Post 512). Here is a little bit confusing. It should be same as big seal script: Gold + Sharp, but Gold + Meet instead. I don't know why. It may be a mistake. Anyway, it means Sharp (blade).

The clerical script of the character is 
The left is Gold, the right is Sharp (needle), which is similar to big seal script.

The Pinyin of the character is Feng1.

We have seen that 夆,峰,锋 are pronounced Feng1, 逢 is pronounced Feng2. The first three are exactly the same, the last one is very close, just second tone, not first tone. The case tells us that one pronunciation could have many different characters, if count different tones, you may have tens characters pronounced same or very close. This is why learning Chinese from pronunciation is too difficult to get anywhere, but many many people were, and are struggle in the wrong approach.

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