Hand radical/ soil radical

July 05, 2010, 08:35 PM posted in I Have a Question

I have noticed the hand radical is called 提手旁 ti2shou3pang2 when it is placed on the right or left side in a character. ti2 means to carry in the hand and ti2shou3 means a handle. All good.

But what about 提土旁 ti2tu3pang2? What's the point using ti2 here?


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September 19, 2010, 08:52 AM

Oh no an untouched question in I Have a Question! Dunderklumpen I guess nobody knows the answer ... (where's Changye?)

Let me give it a shot. I'm guessing the 提 in all the 提~旁 radicals means it's like the 笔画 (stroke) 提--a horizontal stroke going up and ending higher on the right. Sorry, don't know how to reproduce the stroke here. But so if you look at say a character like 堵, the left side is a 土字 warped so that it slants up toward the right.

OK that was my unknowledgeable attempt. Hope someone else can help!