The Role of the “Youth/Essence” 青/靑 Character in Chinese Writing

by
Jennifer Ball and Xu Chao
Using a Hanzi substructure-search engine designed by Xu Chao and Jennifer Ball
Nov. 11, 2018

Thanks to Chinese Text Project, Wiktionary, and Github for definitions and characters

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Semantic Breakdown of Raw Data

Sex/Invitation (14) Color/Essence/Youth (10) Beast/Plant/Tool (9) Death/Heaven (6) Chemical/Essence (4) No definition (55)

 43 + 55  undefined = 55 characters analyzed

 

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Unicode
Character
Definition
Commentary

Sex/Invitation (33%)

1

\U7CBE

essence; semen; spirit

On the left is rice 米, which is a seed. On the right is flesh (moon/month) 月 on the bottom and a kind of explosion at top, similar to birth 生. Ejaculation is an explosion of seed/semen from flesh which often results in birth.

2

\U570A

rest room, pigsty

Historically men purify themselves by ejaculation, which is what this seems to represent. A pigsty is also where pigs breed. The commonality is semen.

3

\U60C5

feeling, sentiment, emotion

Heart was most likely originally a penis (see precursors to 心 and 姦 on Hanziyuan.net); a man’s emotion is often felt in his loins, where his “essence” is.

4

\U731C

guess, conjecture, suppose; feel [to suspect; to have a suspicion; suspicion; jealousy—Wiktionary]

The biggest question is “Who’s the father.” If you don’t know, then the child is ‘son of a bitch.” This is a visual representation of that concept, which is why “suspicion” is a key meaning of this “dog jism” character.

5

\U9753

make up face; ornament; quiet

Men are attracted to women wearing makeup.

6

\U975A

make up face; ornament; quiet; (Cant.) pretty

Men are attracted to women wearing makeup.

7

\U4A1D

a pure woman; name of a goddess of frost and snow

“Pure” and “impure” are euphenisms for “virgin” and “slut.” “Frost” shares an association with “frigid,” which implies “virgin.”

8

\U5A67

modest; supple

“Supple” means able to move in all directions, “modest” would seem to negate that: both are desired by men of women, especially as related to sex.

9

\U5029

beautiful, lovely; son-in-law

A son-in-law is the essence of “beautiful, lovely” if you’re trying to sell your daughter.

10

\U6385

(Cant.) to lift up; to seize, grab

Could this represent masturbation?

11

\U478D

(simplified form of U+477C 䝼) to bestow, to confer upon; to grant to

Bestowing the seed?

12

\U477C

to bestow, to confer upon; to grant to

Bestowing the seed? A little homonculus?

13

\U8BF7

ask, request; invite; please

The biggest request is “Will you accept my ‘essence?’”

14

\U8ACB

ask, request; invite; please

Motherhood is often the result of a request never voiced.

 

Unicode
Character
Definition
Commentary

Color/Sight/Youth/Essence (23%)

15

\U9751

blue

Essence of anything, which in human psyche is often represented by color. Could the bottom represent eyes 巴 (which see color) and also the gate 門 (which is a euphemistic name for the hymen/vagina and which allows semen in and babies out)? This could explain why the same character men2 means “gate,” as well as why—with the addition of “man”亻— it becomes the pluralizing marker, because that exactly describes a hymen. It also resembles 卵, especially when comparing Seal Script.

16

\U9752

blue, green, black; young; blue-green; luxuriant; lush; exuberant; young; adolescent; east; spring; ripening crops

The essence of male youth is the ability ejaculate easily. This ability is a constant focus of men. It is all about being young. This character is about essence, which is often represented by color or semen. The addition of this character to another seems to enhance or describe the second character’s “true feature,” such as 青蛙 “frog, ugly guy”; 晴天 “blue sky, honorable”; 青楼 “brothel”: essence of frog, essence of heaven, essence of buildings.

17

\U975B

indigo; any blue dye

定 adds the fixative to blue.

18

\U7DAA

dark red

The eventual color of fine silk 糸 when used for menstruation?

19

\U4A3C

dyestuff ( of dark green)

Redying stained material? 蒦 “to measure; to calculate.”

20

\U6DF8

clear

Essence of seeing blue skies?

21

\UFA12

clear weather

Essence or experience of seeing blue skies 立 immediately?

22

\U6674

clear weather, fine weather

Essence of seeing blue skies?

23

\U6E05

clear, pure, clean; peaceful

Essence of seeing blue water?

24

\U775B

eyeball; pupil of eye

Essence of eye color.

 

Unicode
Character
Definition
Commentary

Beast/Plant/Tool (21%)

25

\U9D84

a kind of water bird

Could the long beak of water birds have seemed phallic to early Chinese writers?

26

\U4D16

a kind of water bird

Water and semen have strong association. Also water and birds.

27

\U873B

dragonfly

Essence of insect (due to its shiny color and phallic representation?).

28

\U83C1

flower of leek family; turnip

Aphrodisac? due to strong smell? Also apple- and breast-like.

29

\U84A8

lush vegetation, luxuriant growth

Lush growth is an outcome of lots of procreation.

30

\U9CAD

mackerel

Aphrodisac? due to strong smell?

31

\U9BD6

mackerel

Aphrodisac? due to strong smell?

32

\U4476

sprightly boat; light boat

“Sprightly” suggests “youth.”

33

\U7B90

to draw a bamboo bow or crossbow

Ready to “ejaculate” or shoot.

 

Unicode
Character
Definition
Commentary

Death/Heaven (14%)

34

\U975D

(in taoism) the heaven

Where men get all those virgins...the “essence” of spirit.

35

\U8F24

a pall to cover the hearse

On the way to heaven.

36

\U975C

quiet, still, motionless; gentle

Refractory period. Or heaven.

37

\U9759

quiet, still, motionless; gentle

Refractory period. Or heaven.

38

\U9756

pacify; appease; calm

Refractory period.

39

\UFA1C

pacify; appease; calm, peaceful

Refractory period.

 

Unicode
Character
Definition
Commentary

Chemical/Essence (9%)

40

\U8148

an organic compound

Essence of earth?

41

\U6C30

cyanogen; ethane dinitrile

Blue essence of mineral?

42

\U9306

the color of a mineral

Essence of mineral

43

\U9516

the color of the a mineral

Essence of mineral

 

Unicode
Character
Definition
Commentary

No Defenition

44

\U51CA

surname

 

45

\U7883

No definition given

 

46

\U9757

No definition given

 

47

\U9755

No definition given

 

48

\U5D1D

No definition given

 

49

\U8059

No definition given

 

50

\U57E5

No definition given

 

51

\U9754

No definition given

 

52

\U68C8

No definition given

 

53

\U7698

No definition given

 

54

\U5BC8

No definition given

 

55

\U9758

No definition given

 

56

\U90EC

No definition given

 

57

\U9F31

No definition given

 

58

\U2ED8

No definition given

 

59

\U8533

No definition given

 

60

\U7BDF

No definition given

 

61

\U9756

No definition given

 

62

\U2C62C

𬘬

No definition given

 

63

\U5568

No definition given

 

64

\U2075C

𠝜

No definition given

 

65

\U220E2

𢃢

No definition given

 

66

\U22251

𢉑

No definition given

 

67

\U284FD

𨓽

No definition given

 

68

\U291D5

𩇕

No definition given

 

69

\U2B578

𫕸

No definition given

 

70

\U2CBAC

𬮬

No definition given

 

71

\U23B9B

𣮛

No definition given

 

72

\U249AD

𤦭

No definition given

 

73

\U291D6

𩇖

No definition given

 

74

\U291D7

𩇗

No definition given

 

75

\U24C9F

𤲟

No definition given

 

76

\U276AB

𧚫

No definition given

 

77

\U291D8

𩇘

No definition given

 

78

\U291DB

𩇛

No definition given

 

79

\U2B579

𫕹

No definition given

 

80

\U2B57A

𫕺

No definition given

 

81

\U2CC17

𬰗

No definition given

 

82

\U2CC18

𬰘

No definition given

 

83

\U2644A

𦑊

No definition given

 

84

\U26456

𦑖

No definition given

 

85

\U291DC

𩇜

No definition given

 

86

\U2B3CF

𫏏

No definition given

 

87

\U28FEC

𨿬

No definition given

 

88

\U2970E

𩜎

No definition given

 

89

\U294E8

𩓨

No definition given

 

90

\U295FC

𩗼

No definition given

 

91

\U291E0

𩇠

No definition given

 

92

\U2B60B

𫘋

No definition given

 

93

\U2CE9A

𬺚

No definition given

 

94

\U2A0B4

𪂴

No definition given

 

95

\U2B57C

𫕼

No definition given

 

96

\U291E2

𩇢

No definition given

 

97

\U291E3

𩇣

No definition given

 

98

\U2BE0E

𫸎

No definition given

 

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