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Stories behind characters - 好, 妙, 美...

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monto

It's GOOD to have both woman and son(s).

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skylee
好:

It's GOOD to have both woman and son(s).

And no daughter(s)? How is/are the son(s) gonna get his/their woman/women? :mrgreen:

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ABCinChina
好:It's GOOD to have both woman and son(s).[/Quote]

What does this have to do with simplified characters you'd like to change?:)

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monto
What does this have to do with simplified characters you'd like to change?

Nothing to do with what "I'd like to change" but something to do with what " I like".

Another one:

It's WONDERFUL for a WOMAN to be YOUNG.

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Lu
好:It's GOOD to have both woman and son(s).
What do I need a woman for? I'd rather have a man. And I'm quite sure half of the world's population agrees with me.

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monto
What do I need a woman for? I'd rather have a man. And I'm quite sure half of the world's population agrees with me.

It can't be helped.

Men had the complete say when the character was created.:mrgreen:

I have another:

It is PEACEFUL for a Woman to stay Home.

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muyongshi

No what that character means is that a house is peaceful when there is only 1 woman in it. Meaning a man with many wives would only have never ending strife (not to mention the woman themselves wouldn't enjoy it!)

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Lu

That works, my house is very peaceful :-D

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skylee
That works, my house is very peaceful :-D

Ditto. :mrgreen:

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gougou
No what that character means is that a house is peaceful when there is only 1 woman in it.
So to summarize, like 好, it's saying don't get a daughter (unless you get rid of your wife in the process). Is it the same theory behind all characters?

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muyongshi

No, no. A mother daughter relationship is very different!!!! This is referring to the relationship with the man. So maybe 好 could be interpreted as the respectful 子 (like in 孔子,孟子) and so it's actually just saying one woman and one man is good, a triangle is just hell!

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monto
so it's actually just saying one woman and one man is good, a triangle is just hell!

好!It is modern interpretation.:wink:

And what for

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gougou

Split this discussion from this thread, as it originally was meant to be about characters that underwent simplification.

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studentyoung
And what for 美?

The original meaning of the character 美 is something that tastes delicious. The character 美 consists of 羊(sheep or goat) and 大 (big), which means big/strong sheep or goats taste delicious. Hehe. :wink:

◎ 美 měi

〈形〉

(1) (会意。金文字形,从羊,从大,古人以羊为主要副食品,肥壮的羊吃起来味很美。本义:味美)

(2) 同本义 [delicious]

美,甘也。——《说文》

http://www.zdic.net/zd/zi/ZdicE7ZdicBEZdic8E.htm (美•详细解释)

Cheers!

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monto
The character 美 consists of 羊(sheep or goat) and 大 (big), which means big/strong sheep or goats taste delicious. Hehe.

I agree with the "delicious" and "羊(sheep or goat)" , but not quite with the 大 (big).

Any way, the character has the feather a Chinese character is sopposed to have.

It is the most significant feather of Chinese characters, as I understand, that many of them just enable you to "see" the meaning before actually reading them. That is what I like and why I like.

This is still of the topic of "liking a charater".

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