SEARU Post time 2018-2-7 22:26:27

Firewood and axe

This winter I often split log into pieces for firewood! ----------Living in the village with my old mom, I have to burn coal to warm up the house against the cold weather. The job of making firewood let me think more about 柴---------止 shapes like your two feet; 匕 is  ‘knife’(to me it is an axe!); 木 means ‘wood' or ’tree'. ----------I fix the tree-branch with one foot while raising up and dropping down the axe, wood easily becomes burning-material!  

Another related character is 析, which first part is ‘wood’ and the remaining one is ‘axe'(斧).  析 means ’to divide something into pieces.'
分-----八 is ‘eight’ and 刀 means ‘knife'.  To cut the melon with the knife for eight times?  How many pieces it would be?-------I know you could divide the object into eight parts if three times of cutting!
-----------For this reason, we use ’分析' to refer to your word 'analyze’! -------Is it reasonable? ----------Or when you see the word ‘analyze’, could you think of ‘wood, knife and axe’?

SEARU Post time 2018-2-7 22:41:11

It is really funny when you have a tasty chewing of some Chinese character which relationship between the shape and meaning could tell you more about our traditional culture!

zhihu1 Post time 2018-3-16 09:35:56

This character is a typical phono-semantic compound. 此 is phonetic -"ci", therefore its pronunciation is "cai".

Not all Chinese characters are pictographs.

SEARU Post time 2018-3-16 12:20:59

zhihu1 Post time: 2018-3-16 09:35 static/image/common/back.gif
This character is a typical phono-semantic compound. 此 is phonetic -"ci", therefore its pronunciati ...

Thanks for reply.  Different characters have their own story on how they came to the world. Furthermore the different forms of the same Chinese word and in different handwritings always show you different feelings just as you are judging paintings! -----------Through which we could have a talk with our ancestors and admire their wisdom on expressing ideas!

SEARU Post time 2018-3-16 12:21:27

Thanks for reply.  Different characters have their own story on how they came to the world. Furthermore the different forms of the same Chinese word and in different handwritings always show you different feelings just as you are judging paintings! -----------Through which we could have a talk with our ancestors and admire their wisdom on expressing ideas!
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