逐 is a compound ideograph. 逐 is composed of 辶 and 豕. 辶 is a variant of 辵 and means “foot, walking”. 豕 is a pig. The original meaning of 逐 is “a foot is pursuing a pig”. Continue reading “逐 a foot pursues a pig”
包, cognate of 胞, is a pictographic character. 包 originally meant a fetus in the embryonic membranes, a meaning later replaced by 胞.
When the moon is still hanging in the sky and the sun is not out yet, a man begins to work hard. 夙 on the oracle bone script reflects this scene to express the meaning of “morning”. Continue reading “夙 morning——why 夙愿？”
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”
蚀 = in the seal script, it consists of three parts, 虫 worm or insect, 食 food utensil, and 人. The character in seal script depicts a worm eats into a man’s food. Continue reading “蚀 insects eat into a man’s things”