CHINESE CHARACTERS

Chinese character 久 jiǔ – for a long time

1. for a long time.
2. long.

HSK – 3
STROKES – 3
RADICAL – 丿

Elements  —-  Pictogram of a modified person.

Phonetic series .

Pictogram of a person 人= ⺈ with something in his leg, possibly some fetters that force him to walk slowly. Walk slowly > for a long time > long.

长久    chángjiǔ for a long time (long + long time)

永久    yǒngjiǔ – perpetual (always + long time)

Although apparently the person 人 is at the bottom and he seems to show something in his head, the character actually shows a variant of person, which appears also in other characters, such as 危, 色, 奂, etc. This confirms that something is added to the leg, and not to the head. In the Shuowen Jiezi it is defined as «the distance between the two legs of the man».

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