Anonymous asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 9 years ago

Can the meaning of every traditional Chinese character be read out from its face?

bryan_q said, "… Traditional Chinese writing you can trace the composition … to see the original meaning. Example: … 輭 = 車[vehicle; coach, cart]+而[originally, the picture of a man's beard: a man's beard in ancient China was very long: therefore the meaning of long could be used for 而]+大[a person lying flat on the ground, with arms and legs spread out: relaxing. So, 大, not just mean "big; great", but also "relaxed person"]. 輭 , then means 'a vehicle or coach for which a person can relax in, with enough room inside for a lot of things'."

In logic, to prove a premise takes three steps,

1. Existential introduction --- the premise is true in one case.

2. Existential generalization --- the premise is true more than one case.

3. The universal proof --- for an arbitrary selected case, the premise is true.

I can provide a few examples below as the existential generalization for bryan_q.

a. 歪 (not straight) is 不 (not) 正 (straight) .

b. 甭 (not be used) is 不 (not) 用 (using, used).

c. 掌 (palm) is 尚 (top, upper) 手 (hand), top side of the hand.

However, if we can get one negative example, the question will be negated. Can we negate the question?

1 Answer

  • Edward
    Lv 6
    9 years ago
    Best Answer

    How about this?

    青 (blue/green) is 生 (a plant) 丹 (red).

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