Tuesday, 16 May 2017

网 | wǎng

In Mandarin Chinese, (Pinyin: wǎng 🔊) means “net” or “web”. Note the tonal difference between and (wáng). Naturally, nowadays this word has acquired the modern meaning of “network”, as in information or communication network. Rather unsurprisingly, is short for 互联网 (Hùliánwǎng), “the Internet”.

is a simplified form of . In this particular case, the simplified character makes more sense than a traditional one — I don’t know what exactly the ancient Chinese had in mind but I like to think of as a doodle of a goal net.

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