Saturday, 7 May 2016

Learn one Chinese Character a day - 客

Looking at 客, we should already know that it is the character created to represent meaning of guest in place of 各.

Comparing to 各, 客 is formed by adding 宀 to 各. 宀 has the meaning of "a house", while 各 has the meaning of "walking towards gate of the host". So 客 has the aggregated meaning of "come into house of the host".

To confirm our observation, let us examine its evolution history: (image get from
Learn one Chinese character a day - 客

Oracle Script of 客 - is to represent the meaning of a man () walked () into house ()  to be the guest.

Bronze Script of 客 - was re-created based on 各 -to make the meaning of "a guest comes over" more obvious. Modern writing of 客 is the continuation of .

客 means guest.

Now let us enjoy a Chinese calligraphy with 客 inside.

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