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”

Radical meat 月: on the left or right?

In Chinese, most of the words with “月” have nothing to do with “moon” but have to do with “flesh, organs, limbs, veins, muscles, etc.” These words are formed by “月 + other characters.” In this case, “月” is related with “flesh/meat” but not “moon”.
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