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Etymologie of the character 愛 (love)
Posted by: Jay (IP Logged)
Date: October 05, 2007 02:57AM
The traditional chinese character for love is .

It consists for parts: 爪, 冖, 心 and 友.
  爫 means hand, (radical form of 爪);
  冖 means something in our heart;
  心 means heart;
  友 means friend, it also like a picture that two people hand in hand.

Love explanation is then: to take into your heart, the heart of your friend.

Isn't it beautiful?

Re: Etymologie of the character 愛 (love)
Posted by: ez (IP Logged)
Date: October 14, 2007 08:34AM
"to take into your heart, the heart of your friend.

Isn't it beautiful?"


Yes, it is! Yet I can never help to think how the 爪 radical is used as if to manipulate the heart of your friend or how 爪 is placed on top as if the heart of your friend is under one's thumb. smiling smiley

Re: Etymologie of the character 愛 (love)
Posted by: muppetwonder (IP Logged)
Date: November 14, 2007 04:34PM
Actually, according to zhongwen.com, the character is the altered form of the ancient character for love, with a component that means to walk or to walk with shackles, or to walk with difficulty. The ancient form has a phonetic component plus the 心 character.

It is the simplified form that uses the friend 友 component.

Thus, to me, the idea conveyed by the character is that love carries with it the burden of responsibility... you must walk the talk, so to speak.

Plus, correct me if I'm wrong, the radical that the character 愛 is categorized under is actually 心, not 爪.

Re: Etymologie of the character 愛 (love)
Posted by: songling (IP Logged)
Date: December 07, 2007 09:13PM
i am not surprised, if it is true, that "hand" is contained "in love". infact today we can feel cool breeze in the palms of our hands everytime love is flowing from one person to another. its magic and beautiful. thanks for posting this!



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