Thursday, 15 September 2016

Learn one Chinese Character a day - 暮

The new Chinese character created to mean evening is 暮, which is composed of 莫 and 日.

First 莫's original meaning is evening already. By adding 日 it makes 暮 different than 莫.

Second 莫 was borrowed to mean Not, 暮 is then to mean "there is not Sun to be seen"! So 暮 does mean evening.

Let us check 暮's ancient scripts to confirm our observation: (image taken from
Learn one Chinese Character a day - 暮
 It is obvious that Oracle Script and Bronze Script of 暮 is same as those of 莫. Starting from Seal Script period, Chinese ancestors dedicated 莫 to mean Not, Nothing, Nobody or None, and added 日 to 莫 to create  to mean evening.

After finishing our learning, let us enjoy a Chinese calligraphy with 暮 inside, as usual:

In our next a few lessons, we are going to learn 杲 and 杳, guess their meaning?

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