Thursday, 23 March 2017

六 | liù

In Mandarin Chinese, (Pinyin: liù 🔊) means “six”. Six is considered a lucky number. There is a Chinese saying, 六六大顺 (liù liù dà shùn), which means “everything is going smoothly”.

If to indicate “four” we needed six strokes, as in , here we have four strokes to indicate “six”. Strange, isn’t it? According to Wiktionary, is a picture of a shed or a cabin, and is used because the word for shed () sounds similar to liù. Many historical forms of this character indeed look like a shed or a hut, but the modern reminds me more of a star jump exercise.

The Chinese hand sign for “six” is a hand with the thumb and pinky extended and other fingers closed:

There are other hanzi with the same meaning, (traditional) and (simplified), mainly used for financial purposes.

More photos related to numbers and sea glass @ Shutterstock.

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