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How does 离 mean ‘leave’

Viewed 686 times 2019-8-6 21:05 |Personal category:education|System category:News

The structure of the word 离 appears strange even for native Chinese students who had(have) to swallow it as whole without reasonable analysis! Now let‘s have a close look! 

I think the first part should be ‘文’ that symbols ‘a thin scholar’ or ‘man’: In fact it is a simple form of human body with the head, the shoulder plus two leg with thin waist.
The second component of the character is as same as the bottom of 画 which should represent ‘an area’;
The following part goes like the boundary of  which should also mean another ‘area’;
The remaining component is as same as the bottom of  that represents ‘foot’.
So the whole painting of 离 shows:A ‘man’ has gone to a new ‘area’ with the ‘footstep’ leaving in his ‘hometown’! That is why 离 means ‘leave’!

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