聊, Where does the chatter come from?

The etymology of Chinese characters remains a place where certainties are on a slippery ground. The 3000-4000 years of history of Chinese writing leaves some unknowns and the door open to interpretations without foundation or with.

The character 聊, liáo, chat, discuss, is a witness to this. One of the ancient spellings has multiple interpretations.

The first sense is a small noise, buzzing near the earear er chinese .
. On the right, the character remembers two door or window leaves. It is a noise like when the leaves open and close . By extension, to chat.

  1. On the left 耳, the ear gives the meaning, and on the right, 卯 mǎo, the sound.
  2. Two people and an ear ear er chinese. This last interpretation is part of a theory which sees in the right part 卯 two people kneeling face to face:

At least, reflecting on these differences, one remembers his writing.


Other articles on characters :

Radical arrow 矢

Radical child 子

Radical eye 目

Radical heart 心

Radical illness 疒

Radical knife 刀,刂

Radical 巳

Character 青

Chinese language

4 October 2020

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