In our last lesson, we have learnt 億 that its right part is 意. Look carefully at 意, you will realize that it is also composed by upper part - "音" and lower part "心".
Today we will see what is the meaning of "音". As usual, let us see it evolution history first: ( image get from http://www.vividict.com )
|Learn one Chinese Character a day - 音|
Oracle Script of “音” is actually created from Oracle Script of “言” - , which we learnt a few lessons ago, by adding a few dots. It is kind of hard to know what exactly our Chinese ancestor meant for the Oracle Scripts.
However it is kind of clear from Bronze Scripts. 音 - is to add an indicator inside the mouth "口" of 言 - . It refers to different tones our mouth makes while talking. So 音 - can mean "Sound", "Tones" or even "Noise".
Seal Script is a continuation of its Bronze Script. While it came to age of Clerical Script , of Seal Script is simplified to . is very close to what we are writing now - "音"