What is corruption?

贪/貪 (traditional) tān, corrupt, greedy
It took me a long time to remember how to write 贪 . It took the so-called anti-corruption( campaign 反贪)of the new president Xi in 2013 to get the strokes into my brain. At the time, there was a lot of talk about it. I could have registered 贪 much earlier if I had known its origin.

贪 chinese character corruption

It is composed of 今 and 贝/貝. The first meaning of 今 was contained, keep in the mouth. It lost this meaning, 含 hán took it.
贝/貝 is the cowrie, which was used as a currency during antiquity. It represents money.
今 + 贝/貝 /contain, keep in the mouth + money = 贪/貪/corruption

This comment on 贪/貪 shows again the importance of knowing the origin of characters to better learn and understand modern characters.

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13 September 2020

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