UCL WIKI

UCL Logo
Child pages
  • 3Four
Skip to end of metadata
Go to start of metadata

You are viewing an old version of this page. View the current version.

Compare with Current View Page History

Version 1 Next »

四 Sì is 'four'.

And this time there are four characters, not three as usual.

四 is regarded as inauspicious (不吉利 bùjílì) as it sounds like 死 sǐ 'death'.

Add three drops of water and you still have sì, but this one is used in place names like 泗水 Sìshuǐ:

Now we have two look alikes:

1. This is mǐn 'dish':

Note that the two internal strokes don't bend and the bottom stroke sticks out on both sides.

2. And this is xuè 'blood':

Common word: 血液 xuèyè 'blood'
In form similar to 1. but with that extra stroke at the top; perhaps it's blood flowing out of a dish!

  • No labels