On Wed, 10 Jul 2002, Kenneth Whistler wrote:
> Then in Extension B there are many, many weird and wonderful
> candidates for strangest CJK characters. Some of my
> personal favorites include:
Looks like they are all attempts to create modern reflexes of characters
that never made it past the seal script stage ~2,000 years ago.
Neither of these two are in the _Kangxi Zidian_ or _Hanyu Da Zidian_--what
are they? They seem to be the fault? of CNS 11643.
Ancient form of U+96E8, yu3 'rain'. Looks like it, too! But U+96E8 is
Ancient form of U+20698, tao1, a basket for feeding cows. But this one
seems like an redundancy--certainly, neighoring U+206A1 would the closest
attempt at creating a modern reflex that mimics the appearance of the
ancient form, but also neighboring U+20698 looks more reasonable as a
modern reflex that looks modern. U+2069C just seems like an in-between
form that is neither here nor there, although _Hanyu Da Zidian_ does have it.
It seems like critics prefer U+20698--both _Kangxi Zidian_ and _Hanyu Da
Zidian_ include it, as well as a North Korean character set, and
CNS 11643, whereas U+206A1 is backed only by CNS 11643.
I wonder why these three were not unified--surely, they are just three
attempts to convert a dead character into a modern form that are within
the range of font or glyph variation. I think I know the answer is
source separation, but that would not prevent U+2069C...
Ancient form of U+7232, wei2 'to make'; wei4 'on behalf of'. This doesn't
look like it is the direct ancestor of U+7232 like the 'rain' case above,
but an ancient form that lost out to the ancient form which was the
ancestor of U+7232.
> With such genetic defects, one would have expected such
> characters to die out long ago, but Unicode has brought them
> back to life.
Like U+2069C, which was born maybe 15-20 years ago...
> And of course, there is always the miraculous proliferation
> of turtles... ;-)
Look through the 'tiger' radical section of the SIP and there's a dozen or
so used as signs and flag signals just by the _Tian Di Hui_ organization.
I suppose some of them are technically logos...
Mind sharing a list of those turtles?
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