奇 qí strange; odd; weird
Made up of [大 dà
big; great; large; very
radical 37, 可 kě
can; may; able to
NoteThe elements making it up suggest 'big' 'ability' which can be thought of as curiosity, eccentricity
Number of strokes 8
Using 大 dà
: 天 tiān (sky) 太 tài (too) 庆 qìng (celebrate) 夫 fū (husband) 头 tóu (head) 莫 mò (do not) 实 shí (real) 失 shī (to lose) 美 měi (beautiful) 央 yāng (center)
Using 可 kě
: 何 hé (what) 啊 á (what?) 哥 gē (elder brother) 哥 gē (elder brother)
Sounds same棋 qí (board game)
其 qí (his)
Different tone七 qī (seven)
期 qī (phase)
起 qǐ (to rise)
气 qì (gas)
汽 qì (steam)
刘少奇 Liu Shaoqi
It was Dowager Empress Cixi who called the Imperial eunuchs
'rats and foxes'; 'fawning sycophants' and 'artful minions'. The power of the eunuchs in the last years of Imperial China blocked any reform that threatened their own position. For centuries you needed to bribe a eunuch in order to get an audience with the Emperor. Read More
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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