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: (
Learn one Chinese Character a day - 古
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. 

Yes, 古 means ancient.

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

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