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Learn one Chinese Character a day - "水" (学习)

by sandodo(sandodo), 2015-11-15 10:42

published on wuwei.ca at 2015-11-15 10:42, topic link: http://wuwei.ca/index.php?id=33062

"水" is a pictographic character. let's check its evolution history and see whether you can guess its meaning? (image get from http://www.vividict.com)
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Early stage of Oracle script [image], is the drawing of "a Splash-down spring [image] from a rock or cliff [image]". Later stage of Oracle script [image]uses two [image] with simplified[image]to represent spring. As you will see in the future for other Chinese characters, half of [image] - [image]and half of [image]- [image]are used to mean water or something related to water.
Clerical Script[image] changed [image]to [image]and [image]to [image]. It is almost the same as what are using now - "水". Its characteristics of pictogram disappeared.

Original meaning of "水" is "a Splash-down spring from a rock or cliff", which is no longer used and that meaning is now represented by “泉” (as you can see that this character has "水" inside).

Currently "水" is to mean "Water".

A drawing of Springs:
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And let us enjoy a Chinese calligraphy art with "水" inside:
[image]
上善若水,厚德载物

Together with another Chinese character already learnt - "山",when we say 山水, it means an interesting place with beautiful view of hills and springs like the drawing above.

While associate with another Chinese character "田", when we say 水田, it means the Paddy Field where rice is grown.

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