Monday, January 2, 2023

Amazing Chinese Characters (556) Still - 尚 (尙)

 The bronze script of character Still is

The top is character Eight - 八(Post 156), which means Divide, here it means details. The middle 门 alike means big house or building. The bottom is character Mouth - 口, which means "Door" here. Why is not Mouth? because we discussed character Direction - 向 (Post 415), which means a house with a door. The character Still here is formed with 八 (the top) and 向 (the bottom). Here 八 - Divide means making the hall wider and bigger. Therefore, this character means very big hall. 

I think that in the ancient time, 尚 is a big building or palace where King and top minsters discussed policies, and rules. They issued some new rules, which are ready to execute but not yet. 

The big seal script of character Still is
Similar to bronze script.

The small seal script of character Still is
The top changed from 八 to 小, I don't know why. It is baseless to me. The bottom is similar to older scripts.

The clerical script of character Still is
Similar to small seal script.

The Pinyin of character Still is Shang4.

The character now means Still, Yet, something should happen but not happened yet, highly possible will happen. I don't know why it changed to that meaning.

The simplified character is 尚, however, there is another one 尙 in traditional song typeface with same meaning. Simplification eliminated the 尙, which is good.

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