Sunday, 5 March 2017

Learn one Chinese Character a day - 问 | 問

Today we continue with another character related with 门 | 門, which is 问 | 問. It is very obvious that 问 | 問 is composed with a 口 inside or under a 门 | 門.

What does it mean? Somebody speaks at the door? Let us check the evolution history of 问 to see whether we can get more ideas. Image taken from
Learn one Chinese Character a day - 问 | 問
We can see that there is nothing really changed from its Oracle Script comparing with its current form 问 | 問.

Normally a guest would knock the door and ask host to open the door for him so that he can go inside the house to chat with the host. Below picture shows the concept of 问 | 問:
Christ at Heart’s Door, Warner Sallman
Yes, 问 | 問 was created originally to mean ask.

And it is also extended to mean interrogation.

That is all for 问 | 問, now it is time for us to enjoy a Chinese calligraphy with 问 | 問 inside:

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