Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Learn one Chinese Character a day - 小

Today we examine a new Chinese character 小. What could be its meaning? A better way is to check its Oracle Script and Clerical Script, as shown below: (screenshot taken from )
Learn one Chinese Character a day - 小
From its Oracle Scripts and , it is believed that Chinese ancestors used 3 or 4 dots to mean sands at the river bank. As sands is very small, 小 is then used to mean Small. We will later show you one proof which supports this guess.

And from its Warring State Script till its Clerical Script  , we can also explain that is composed of and, 八 originally meant Divide, in this way means to divide  to make it smaller. So means Small.

That is it. Now let us enjoy a Chinese calligraphy with 小 inside:
As we have learnt 小 and 大, can you guess what could be the meaning of 尖 then?

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