This week’s character is 天 (tin1) which means “sky” or “heaven” (the translation I like the most is “celestial”).
The origins of this character is quite interesting. Since it’s very difficult to depict the sky in a glyph, this character developed from the 大 (daai6/big) character:
- 大 (daai6) is a person (人/jan4) with outstretched arms to indicate something big.
- 天 (tin1) is the same character, with an added stroke at the very top.
Quite a clever way to indicate that the sky is the big expanse above a person!
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