Looking at our new character today - 剪, we can easily divide it into two parts: 前 and 刀. You might have wondered before that why scissors (剪) is somehow related to ahead (前)?
We have learnt 刀 long time ago, which means knife. While 前, which we just learnt, originally describes the scene that "a boat cut through the surface of water", as shown below:
|The boat riding waves|
What kind of cutting tool has similar effect while in usage? I guess you have got some ideas now.
Take a breath, we will reveal the answer after examine its evolution history first: (image taken from http://www.vividict.com)
|Learn one Chinese Character a day - 剪|
Now look at the image below, isn't the pattern similar of usage of scissors comparing to boating image above?
|scissors cut paper|
It is interesting to know that Seal Script of 剪 is same as that of 前 - . Chinese ancestors must noticed the similarity between boating and usage of scissors when they created 剪.
Yes, 剪 means scissors as noun, while it is used as a verb, it means use scissors to cut.
I guess it should now make more sense to you while you look at 剪? Anyway let us enjoy a Chinese calligraphy with 剪 inside: