The radical for speech has been greatly simplified to just two strokes from seven strokes in the full character. It is often used in characters relating to language. It original had an upside down man over a mouth which over time became lines that suggest utterances. Number of strokes 7
顾左右而言他gù zuǒ yòu ér yán tā Avoiding talking about something; taking a long digression 泥人怕雨,谎言怕理ní rén pà yǔ, huǎng yán pà lǐ Over time lies will eventually be laid bare 听其言观其行tīng qí yán guān qí xíng Judge people by their actions, not by their words 言而无信yán ér wú xìn To go back on one's word 一言既出驷马难追yī yán jì chū sì mǎ nán zhuī Be careful what you say, it can not be unsaid
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