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Last night I noticed that the Chinese character 溪(xi)is (was)funny!  Now let’s have a close look:The left part of the word is called ‘three-drop-water' that symbols three streams running to the river(江).  And the main part of 江 is 工 which looks the two banks with one bridge across! 

The top of the right part of 溪 contains four strokes: The first one represents the sky and the remaining three ones seem like rain drops which are falling down and getting together somewhere!?? 
幺 is the smallest number ‘1' in Chinese which should represent ‘tiny' here;  The component  大  means ‘big‘: That physical-education teacher told me: 大 shapes like a man stretching legs and arms out!
So how the stream is formed in nature? Countless rain drops are collected together forming a small ‘river' which will certainly grow from tiny to bigger! That is the lovely green blood of the hill through which we can see the spirit of the mountain!
The character 乡 means ‘countryside” which shape always reminds me the curved earth paths in the rural area!  Now the 幺 in 溪 can show the stream is running through a long curved way till it becomes stronger and stronger!

(To reader friends:I am afraid it will take you a long time for your digestion to my this post. Sorry for the trouble! ) Kidding!

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Reply Report 财神 2019-3-22 16:22
I wish you could collect some Chinese Characters which seems almost same but the meanings are different.

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