Chinese word for “heart” 心 comes from a penis

The website http://hanziyuan.net/ (originally ChineseEtymology.org) is phenomenal, and the amount of work put into it is impressive, but I think it’s pretty clear from the precursors that “heart” came from a depiction of a penis, which—let’s face it—is the real source of male emotion.

Sure looks like a penis above. And when you look below, it appears to be various perspectives of the penis. Someone was infatuated.

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The precursors of this character that means “adultery” makes it clear that the heart character really comes from a depiction of a penis (see arrows). See how similar the scripts below resemble those in the previous table.

ChineseEtymology.org table showing Chinese characters for "penis" and "heart"

Jennifer Ball

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