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I've been seeing conflicting explanations for this character 昌. Some sources say it comprised of two suns 日, some sources say it comprises of sun and speak 日 meaning flourish, though I don't really see what connection it has to the sun. And then I've seen explanations that it's two 日 speaking mouths, being the original character for sing 唱 and sun is not a component. Which of these is the correct?

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    upper 日plus lower 曰。One of the meanings of 昌 is bright. So, it definitely has something to do with sun. Check out this page zdic.net/hans/%E6%98%8C – joehua Jan 15 at 1:07
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時期
字體
字形 參考資料

𣅊 185
合集19924
戰國
古幣
昌 108
古幣文編
戰國・
璽印
昌 959
古璽彙編

昌 日甲119
睡虎地秦簡

昌 日部
說文解字

昌

「昌」 (early morning call, e.g. to the day's labour) is comprised of semantic 「」 (sun) on top of semantic 「」 (mouth). Such calls would likely be rhythmic or melodious, similar to bugle calls, making the interpretation of 「昌」 as the original form of 「唱」 (to sing).

Later on, 「口」 was slightly shape-corrupted into 「」 (mouth 「口」 with a mark inside) or 「」 (mouth 「口」 with a mark above). The modern shape inherits 「曰」.

Flourish does not appear to have a direct connection to morning call, and should be regarded as a phonetic loan.


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