Component 建 legislate

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”

Component 古 ancient

古 is a compound ideograph. 古 = 十 + 口. 十 means countless in ancient Chinese. 口 is mouth. 古 depicts that ancient stories were told by countless people and passed down through generations, hence the original meaning of 古 is ancient/old.

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