Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Amazing Chinese Characters (532) Thing - 事

 The bronze script of character Thing is 

Same as character Official - 吏 (Post 540). In ancient time, this character means official too. Official is the person who do the daily work, the things. So the two characters are from the same origin.

The big seal script of the character is 
Same as the character Official.

The small seal script of the character is 

Compare it with the small seal script of character Official

The difference is that the middle vertical line of character Thing run though from top to the bottom, that line in  character Official - 吏 stops in the top of the hand, middle of the character, indicating to do all things.

The clerical script of the character is 

similar to its small seal script.

The pinyin of the character is Shi4.

事 is lower level official, but may be higher than 吏. Besides, 事 is most used for Things now, not the person who execute the Things.

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