Mnemonic comic for


Character component without intrinsic meaning


Mnemonic symbol: ㇆ just looks like a plow. Someone attached a flute to the top of a crowbar to create a new instrument. When the crowbar is bowed with a plow, the vibrations of the crowbar will transfer to the flute, which in turn is producing eerie sounds.


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To me, the basic stroke ㇆ looks like a plow. To write it, you first put down a horizontal line from left to right (一 = flute) and then, in one stroke, follow up with a vertical line ending in a hook (亅 = crowbar).

The stroke ㇆ does not have any pronunciation associated with it, so there is no actor and no background in this comic.

In this comic you can see how we use the mnemonic elements of the components used to write the character (the flute and the crowbar), as well as the mnemonic symbol for the character itself (the plow). Whenever we construct a story for a character using ㇆, we'll use the plow and not the plow's component, as well as the new character's mnemonic symbol. In this way we can construct more and more complicated characters level by level with very memorable, everyday objects.

As a general rule, it is good practice to try to use the specific features of the mnemonic symbols in the stories: the flute produces sound, and the crowbar is essentially a long bar of metal which can be stimulated to produce vibrations. Try to imagine what it would feel like to stroke a steel crowbar with a plow, and what the sounds coming out of the flute might sound like.

Matthias, about 2 months ago (edited about 2 months ago)

㇆ character breakdown

one / single / a (article) / as soon as / entire; whole; all; throughout / "one" radical in Chinese characters (Kangxi radical 1) / also pr. [yao1] for greater clarity when spelling out numbers digit by digit

Maud Younger (y) forgot her keys to the space station (Ø1), all she brought outside was her flute (一). She has no choice but to crash the door with the giant flute.
"vertical stroke with hook" radical in Chinese characters (Kangxi radical 6) / see also 豎鉤|竖钩[shu4 gou1]

Mnemonic symbol: 亅 looks like a crowbar. Zeus (ju) is bored and presses all the buttons next to the elevator kitchen's (e2) door with his crowbar (亅).

Characters with ㇆ as component

archaic variant of 包[bao1]

= 丿 + : 勹 looks like an elephant: 丿 looks like the edge of the ear and ㇆ looks like the head and trunk.

Beelzebub (b) rides an elephant in front of the aorta (ao1), turning the soil with a plow (㇆). Lots of bananas (丿) are revealed in the turned earth.
Variant of 冂, but the left stroke is 丿, not 丨

= 丿 + : Mnemonic symbol: ⺆ looks like a staple, as used in a stapler.

Zeus (ju) wants to plant bananas (丿) in front of the engine ((e)ng1). He uses a plow (㇆) to dig up the earth and puts the bananas inside. To prevent the bananas from falling down, he staples them down with a stapler (⺆).
surname Nie
used in 乜斜[mie1 xie5] / (Cantonese) what?

= + : Marilyn Monroe (mi) is tearing up the floor in front of the elevator (e1) with a shovel (乚) and a plow (㇆) so fast that she has to squint (乜) because of all the dust and debris flying into her face.
(adverb) also; both ... and ... (before predicates only) / (literary) particle having functions similar to 啊[a5]
surname Ye
also / too / (in Classical Chinese) final particle implying affirmation

= + + : Mnemonic symbol: the excavator (as in a person with this job), because a plow and a shovel are both tools for moving earth, and a dinosaur bone is what excavators are digging for.

Maud Younger (y) is helping an excavator (也) in the elevator (e3). Together they are excavating a dinosaur bone (丨): Maud turns the earth with a plow (㇆), while the excavator moves the earth with a shovel (乚).
surname Dao
knife / blade / single-edged sword / cutlass / CL:把[ba3] / (slang) dollar (loanword) / classifier for sets of one hundred sheets (of paper) / classifier for knife cuts or stabs

= + 丿 : Mnemonic symbol: 刀 looks like a cleaver (while 刂 looks like a kitchen knife).

Don Quixote (d) serves his good deed of the day in front of the aorta (ao1). In order to feed the people, he uses a plow (㇆) to dig up bananas (丿), and cuts them into slices with a broad cleaver (刀).
radical in Chinese characters (Kangxi radical 13), occurring in 用[yong4], 同[tong2], 網|网[wang3] etc, referred to as 同字框[tong2 zi4 kuang4]

= + : Kind of looks like a map. Zeus found a secret map that tells the location of a golden dinosaur bone in front of the engine, so he took a plough and digged up everything. He actually found a couple of dinosaur bones, but not a golden one.

Words with ㇆

㇆ is not used as a character in a word.

Sentences with ㇆

㇆ currently does not appear in any sentence.