Origin of the famous 了

Series fetus 巳/enfant 子

了, liǎo, finish.
了, le, marks the accomplishment in a sentence.

The first spelling evokes a limbless child. Without legs, without arms, life is over ( but miracles are happening nowadays).

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Radical child 子

Radical eye 目

Radical illness 疒

Radical 巳

26 July 2020

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

Woman + fetus = ?

We have seen the character 巳 which initially designated a fetus, then 包, contain, carry in this article.

We find again 巳, but this time the sinogram lost a stroke to become 己 during the character reform under the first Qin Shi emperor 秦始皇帝.
The fetus associated with the character of the woman gives (女 + 已 ) 妃 fēi, imperial concubine. Originally, a concubine was seen as a mother.
One of the first spellings of the character:

妃 chinese character

From the 3rd century B.C. Av. From the 3rd century B.C., the princely palaces had more and more concubines. They were considered for the pleasure they brought and no longer as mothers. A fringe of specialists can thus explain the slight change in character on the right.
The history of a language reflects the history of society!

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3 July 2020

How to remember the character 包, to include, to wrap ?

One of the methods to learn and remember characters is to use radicals. Let’s look at the beginning of life.
The first spellings of sì 巳 make us think of a head with a limbless body, like a fetus

.Chinese character foetus

Thus, characters with 巳 concerning the child will take shape, like carrying or wrapping a child, bāo 包.
The ancient spelling:

chinese character 包

The character can make you think of a mother wrapping a child bending over.


包 by extension means to wrap, contain, include and associated with other characters to form words of the same lexical field as package, 包裹, bāoguǒ and packaging, 包装, bāozhuāng.

Please note: One of the meanings of 巳 is an old time, 9 to 11, was that the best time to feed the child?

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21 June 2020