包, cognate of 胞, is a pictographic character. 包 originally meant a fetus in the embryonic membranes, a meaning later replaced by 胞.
建 is a compound ideographic character, composed of 廴 and 聿. 廴 means walking and suggest the meaning of action; 聿 means writing brush and suggest the meaning of the law; hence 建 means “to establish the law/legislate”. 建 serves as phonetic component to form characters. Continue reading “Component 建 legislate”
聿, cognate of 筆(笔), originally a writing brush. In oracle bone script and bronze script, 聿 was like a hand hold a writing brush. It serves as phonetic as well as semantic component to form characters. Continue reading “Component 聿 writing brush”