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Learn one Chinese Character a day - 剪 (学习)

by sandodo(sandodo), 2016-05-29 10:57

published on wuwei.ca at 2016-05-29 10:57, topic link: http://wuwei.ca/index.php?id=39750

Looking at our new character today - 剪, we can easily divide it into two parts: 前 and 刀. You might have wondered before that why scissors (剪) is somehow related to ahead (前)?

We have learnt 刀 long time ago, which means knife. While 前, which we just learnt, originally describes the scene that "a boat cut through the surface of water", as shown below:

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The boat riding waves

What kind of cutting tool has similar effect while in usage? I guess you have got some ideas now.
Take a breath, we will reveal the answer after examine its evolution history first: (image taken from http://www.vividict.com)
[image]

Now look at the image below, isn't the pattern similar of usage of scissors comparing to boating image above?

[image]
scissors cut paper

It is interesting to know that Seal Script of 剪 is same as that of 前 - [image]. Chinese ancestors must noticed the similarity between boating and usage of scissors when they created 剪.

Yes, 剪 means scissors as noun, while it is used as a verb, it means use scissors to cut.

I guess it should now make more sense to you while you look at 剪? Anyway let us enjoy a Chinese calligraphy with 剪 inside:

[image]
碧玉妆成一树高,万条垂下绿丝绦。
不知细叶谁裁出,二月春风似剪刀。

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