Favourite Chinese character?


#1

What are people’s favourite Chinese characters?

I’m busy writing a lot right now, so I got to thinking about this, then I wandered past a red poster with
that crazy made-up character on it.
The one that is a combination of [i]jin /i and bao (treasure)
and has a few other wealth-related characters thrown in for good measure.
Seems to be quintessentially Taiwanese.

But I guess what peoples’ favourites are would depend a lot on what stage they are at.
Like if you’re just beginning you might like one that’s easy to remember,
or you might like one that has got a story to go with it,
like xiu (rest) - which Chinese say is “a man leaning against a tree”.


#2

This? papahuhu.com/images/other/01 … jinbao.png

I like 囧


#3

休 is a good one

i always thought the more graphical characters are interesting… like 東 or 旦 or 嬲 or 嫐…


#4

[quote=“tsukinodeynatsu”]This? papahuhu.com/images/other/01 … jinbao.png

I like 囧[/quote]

That’s the blighter.
Tough one for the calligraphy practice.

Another one I like is the ru (enter) above a rou (meat), which is in Hong Lou Meng but rather rude,
and not in my dictionary so I dont know how to say this one either,
but its not too hard to guess at the meaning from the context.


#5

[quote=“anotherlaowai”]

Another one I like is the ru (enter) above a rou (meat), which is in Hong Lou Meng but rather rude,
and not in my dictionary so I don’t know how to say this one either,
but its not too hard to guess at the meaning from the context.[/quote]

肏 cào

often replaced by 操 cào in daily writing


#6

[quote=“hansioux”]休 is a good one

I always thought the more graphical characters are interesting… like 東 or 旦 or 嬲 or 嫐…[/quote]
Nice choices. I had to look up the last two!

This is probably a common choice, but my favorite character of the moment is 忍 (endure), and also 刃 (blade). Very 傳神, as a Taiwanese person might say.

My least favorites are the ones that are nearly impossible to write. 亞 and 惡 are tough enough, but 繩, 蠅, 釁, 龜, and 鬮 are just nasty. If you can read (or, crazier still, write) all of those without a dictionary, you get a gold star.

(I bet a lot of people have had to magnify their browser’s font size on this thread.:laughing:)


#7

[quote=“haokaiyang”][quote=“hansioux”]休 is a good one

I always thought the more graphical characters are interesting… like 東 or 旦 or 嬲 or 嫐…[/quote]
Nice choices. I had to look up the last two!

This is probably a common choice, but my favorite character of the moment is 忍 (endure), and also 刃 (blade). Very 傳神, as a Taiwanese person might say.

My least favorites are the ones that are nearly impossible to write. 亞 and 惡 are tough enough, but 繩, 蠅, 釁, 龜, and 鬮 are just nasty. If you can read (or, crazier still, write) all of those without a dictionary, you get a gold star.

(I bet a lot of people have had to magnify their browser’s font size on this thread.:laughing:)[/quote]

a character i always have trouble with (and i went through 7th grade in Taiwan before moving abroad) is 羲, or characters based on it 犧曦. I can never remember the bottom part of it…


#8

My favorites change as I learn more Chinese, but for now I like 鼎 ding3. It looks like the cauldron that it represents.

The character ,
larger version
, pronounced biang2, is not in any dictionaries (hence the image file), but it seems to be found on signs in China. Here’s an article about biang biang noodles.


#9

My favorite Chinese character is Chun-Li from Street Fighter.


#10

I was thinking that guy Charles who used to hang out at Mad Dog’s in Tsimshatsui in Honkers, back in the late 80s-early 90s.
The guy with the Davy Jones haircut who always wore a pinstripe suit and bigass bowtie and was constantly honking on a huge ass stogie.

He was a real character.


#11

I always liked Hop Sing.


#12

just came across this one, and immediately thought about this thread…


#13

I like 母 because it’s a drawing of a pair of tits.


#14

indeed… then wouldn’t it be even better when you add another girl facing the pair? i.e. 姆

EDIT: like to throw in a few others… 呣 拇


#15

San Te (Liu Chia Hui aka Gordon Liu) in “The 36th Chamber of Shaolin”

San Te claus is coming to town… to kick your ass


#16

Come on,

is a very cute character, no? My favorite one actually since I first saw it on the highway, pointing to Gueishan near Linkou. It really looks like a little turtle… maybe even more so in the old seal script version:

And that is also one character that was really mutilated in simplified Chinese:

The turtle head (no pun intended!) looks very fishy now:


#17

:laughing:


#18

Sorry ladies, but my favorite Chinese character is the simple, graceful and meaningful 安 ān. “Peace” & “quiet” when the lady of the house is actually IN the house (have they got this back-to-front???)… “Safest” when the womenfolk are within, rather than beyond, domestic bounds… Interpretations could be seen as sexist… which is perhaps why I like this particular character, hehe…


The above reference says: “Inside the house there is a bowing woman… ‘A woman stays inside the house’ has long been considered the condition of peace…”!!! (Illustration and reference at chinesehour.com which I found via my post with over 20 free online resources for the study of Chinese Radicals - Etymology, Origins and the Evolution of the Basic Components of Chinese Characters.)


#19

[quote=“the chief”]I was thinking that guy Charles who used to hang out at Mad Dog’s in Tsimshatsui in Honkers, back in the late 80s-early 90s.
The guy with the Davy Jones haircut who always wore a pinstripe suit and bigass bowtie and was constantly honking on a huge ass stogie.

He was a real character.[/quote]

That’d be “Roger”, Chief.


#20

[quote=“Longfellow”][quote=“the chief”]I was thinking that guy Charles who used to hang out at Mad Dog’s in Tsimshatsui in Honkers, back in the late 80s-early 90s.
The guy with the Davy Jones haircut who always wore a pinstripe suit and bigass bowtie and was constantly honking on a huge ass stogie.

He was a real character.[/quote]

That’d be “Roger”, Chief.[/quote]

Yeah, Roger, what did I say?

OK, roger that, LF.

(see what I did there? :roflmao: )