宜 evolved from a noun to an adjective

宜 is a compound ideograph. The oracle bone script of 宜 depicts two pieces of meat on a sacrificial vessel. The line in the middle of the two pieces of meat could mean “divide or share equally”. Continue reading “宜 evolved from a noun to an adjective”

Component moon 月

月, the Moon, serves as semantic or phonetic component to form characters. When月 serves as semantic component it is mainly on the right side of a character. Characters formed by the semantic component moon express meanings related to moon, light, time, weather, etc.  Continue reading “Component moon 月”