You might wonder why somehow "Say" can be related to the creation of a Chinese character which means "100 million"?
After our explanations with following a few lessons, you will grasp the idea clearly and appreciate the way "100 million" was created that way.
Let us look the evolution history of “言” first: ( image get from http://www.vividict.com)
|Learn one Chinese Character a day - 言|
Oracle Script was composed with(is mouth, while looks like the tongue of a snake) and an indicator on top to emphasize the movement of tongue.
|tongue of snake|
Bronze Script further added an indicator on top, while Seal Script again added another indicator to emphasize “Speak” by movement of tongue.
When it evolved to Clerical Script , it could be viewed as just a simplified version of Seal Script . Or our Chinese ancestors might already knew that while we are speaking, waves of sound （- three waves. note that three can mean a lot in Chinese） come out of our mouth "".
So "言" means "Say", "Speak" as verb.
"言" is extended to mean "Speech" as noun, for Speech is what we would like to speak about.
Let us end our lesson today with a Calligraphy as usual: