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How do you strike through Chinese characters?

Question by Baby3 | 2018-02-19 at 18:52

I have a very crazy question. How can you cross out a Chinese character?

This "problem" is more complicated than expected: every further stroke on a Chinese character finally changes the meaning of the sign. Since, you can not just draw a line, as we can do with our Latin alphabet.

Well, if you have crossed out several characters one after another with a line, you can see it from the context. However, a sign stands for a word, so that it would have to happen more often that you actually only have to scratch through a single word. How do the Chinese do that?

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A very good and legitimate question. In fact, you can not really just draw a line through a sign in Chinese - the meaning would change.

Instead, Chinese are using a helical spiral that is placed over the sign to cross it out. That is a circular line that gets bigger and bigger outwards. This makes it clear that this spiral sign does not belong to the Chinese character.
2018-02-20 at 17:14

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