Walking + fetus = get up


Key 巳 sì (variant 己)

Get up 起 qǐ is composed of two characters :walk 走 zǒu and our famous fetus 已 amputated by one stroke, as we saw in the previous article.

In the photo below, we see the first graphical representation of walking 走 zǒu on the right, which reminds us of a person walking:

chinese character old


The child first crawls on all fours, and to walk he must first learn to stand up. The idea is easy to remember!

The ancient spelling of 起 :

起 old character

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4 July 2020

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