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Learn one Chinese Character a day – 女 (学习)

by sandodo(sandodo), 2016-01-02 10:40

published on wuwei.ca at 2016-01-02 10:40, topic link: http://wuwei.ca/index.php?id=36678

From current writing of "女", it would be very hard to guess its meaning. Looking at its Oracle Scripts and the evolution history could help a lot. Below screen shot is taken from http://chinese-linguipedia.org :
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Oracle Scriptis [image]a lady sitting on her feet with arms crossing. Below is a drawing showing how it should looks like. Japanese and Korean are still following such tradition in their daily lives: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seiza

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Bronze Script [image]is the lady [image] wearing a hairpin. A typical hairpin with its usage is shown below. It can be a proof that living standard during Bronze Script period had been improved a lot from Oracle Script period.
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Hairpin

Clerical Script [image]was very likely a continuation of [image]from Warring State Era. It was then further transformed to our current way of writing - "女".

So "女" means a lady.
"女" also means woman.
"女" can also be used to mean unmarried young girl.

After "女" was created, it was used as a commonly used radical to help to create many more Chinese characters. We will see one in our next lesson.

Now it is time to enjoy a Chinese calligraphy as usual:

关关雎鸠,在河之洲。 窈窕淑女,君子好逑。
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