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I understand that the current meaning of 己 is "oneself", which is different to its original meaning. Now I am curious about the history of the character.

I found different opinions regarding 己's glyph origin:

I also tried to look for information regarding the original meaning of 己, and one source said it is "to sort out". If that is the case, I still do not understand how an ideogram of a skein of silk/thread or loom was being used to express the meaning of "to sort out".

This is my first post here. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you! :-)

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Not a very satisfying answer, but it looks like there is no consensus as to the original meaning of「己」at the moment.

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It is not clear what the original meaning and form of 己 are. It was used in early texts as one of the Heavenly Stems (天干 tiāngān). [Reference, p. 964]

The reference:

季旭昇,2004《說文新證》,台北:藝文印書館印行,2014年9月第二版。

The reference from p. 964 of《說文新證》:

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I found different opinions regarding 己's glyph origin:...

I also tried to look for information regarding the original meaning of 己,..

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详细解释:

(1) (象形.甲骨文字形,象绳曲之形.) “己”是古“纪”字,假借作“自己”用。①**本义:**丝的头绪,用以缠束丝。②自己) 自己,本人 [oneself]

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