Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Learn one Chinese Character a day - 太

From the form of "太", we can see that it is composed with "大" and an indicator . It is a bit hard to guess its meaning, let us examine its evolution history first: ( image get from http://www.vividict.com )

Learn one Chinese Character a day - 太
In Oracle Script period, it is possible that there was only "大". When time passed, it was necessary to have a word to mean something extreme big or bigger than big, Chinese ancestors added a below 大, to get . The image depicts that even earth is smaller comparing with the above. So is to mean something very big. Eventually the was then simplified to be .

太 means extreme big,  it is extended to mean extreme, super, or very as well.

Now it is time to enjoy a Chinese calligraphy with 太 inside:

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