chǒu shameful; ugly; disgraceful

Made up of [ one radical 1]
Alternative traditional form of character:

Note

Original form was a bottle with an evil spirit suggesting a drunken malevolence the new form uses the character for a clown

Related characters


Using : bǐng (third in order) dé (virtue) huò (maybe) lì (beautiful) qiě (and) shì (life) yǔ (to give) zhèng (correct) bù (no; not) dàn (dawn) bǎi (hundred)

Different tone

chóu (silk)

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Pronunciation

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stroke order for 丑
Stroke order for character 丑, kindly provided under Wikimedia creative commons license

Proverbs

家丑不可外扬 jiā chǒu bù kě wài yáng Keep family problems within the family

World upside down

When the Chinese invented the compass they chose south rather than north as the primary direction. In China it is called 指南针 'point south needle'. Compasses pointed south and for this reason maps showed south at the top rather than north. South was more important than north as it is the direction of the sun and hence all warmth and light. This convention has the advantage that the compass direction can be confirmed by the position of the sun at midday.
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