|Learn one Chinese Character a day - 古|
Thursday, 21 July 2016
Learn one Chinese Character a day - 古
As usual, we decompose the character 古 to 十 and 口, which is literally ten mouths. What does ten mouths mean here? Before revealing the answer, let us examine its evolution history first: (http://vividict.com/)
Recall what we have learnt of 十, whose Oracle Script is actually . So does have the same representation of (which is 十) and (which is 口). One of its Bronze Script actually changed (口) to (Adding a dash to to emphasising the meaning of speaking). With above information we gathered, 古 (which is 十 口) was created to have meaning of "something passed on by mouth of ten generations". That something must be very ancient.