劳 láo to toil; labor; laborer
Made up of [力 lì
radical 19, 艹 cǎo
radical 140, 冖 mì
NoteThe original pictograph was a person laboring inside under the light of many fires. The original 'fires' have become 'grass' but maintain the implication of hard work
Using 力 lì
: 男 nán (male) 动 dòng (to use) 功 gōng (accomplishment) 另 lìng (other) 历 lì (to experience) 为 wèi (do)
Using 艹 cǎo
: 花 huā (flower) 茶 chá (tea) 英 yīng (flower) 菜 cài (vegetable) 猫 māo (cat) 草 cǎo (grass) 满 mǎn (to fill) 前 qián (front) 艺 yì (skill) 苦 kǔ (bitter) 懂 dǒng (to understand)
Using 冖 mì
: 写 xiě (write) 愛 ài (love) 免 miǎn (to escape)
Different tone老 lǎo (venerable)
耂 lǎo (old)
能者多劳 néng zhě duō láo
Busy people are busy because they are capable
Most people are familiar with the twelve years and their animals. Chinese astrology
places emphasis on the year of birth rather than the month of birth and so all people born in a particular year share some characteristics. Even to this day couples have delayed the birth of a child so it would fall in a 'lucky' year.
For over two thousand years the Chinese Emperor was served by a large number of Imperial servants who had castrated as young boys. With no possibility of having children themselves they were seen as having more loyalty to the Emperor than the Emperor's often scheming family. Some eunuchs became fabulously rich as a result of their total control of access to the Emperor.
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