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I am trying to understand 写

I looked it up in the Outlier Mini Traditional Characters dictionary (OTC) in Pleco. I also checked using Wiktionary. For questions of etymology / character origin, you'll need to consider ...
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Does bamboo (⺮) relate to smiling or laughing?

Neither is correct. The "radical system" as mentioned in your question is just merely an indexing technique and nothing more. There is little reason to read any more into it than that. As ...
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Is there a connection between right (direction) and the 'stone' radical?

the character “右” & “石” just look similar in regular script, do not fixate on it. both characters in oracle bone script, and bronze script are significantly different: https://humanum.arts.cuhk....
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I am trying to understand 写

There is absolutely nothing wrong with interest in etymology, I often find myself looking into such things like the source of terms. Please note that such things are often only theorized and will not ...
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I am trying to understand 写

写 is the simplified form of the character, and simplified characters often have no relation whatsoever to etymology. (This is why Chineseteacher_Henry's answer is wrong, the simplified form has ...
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I am trying to understand 写

Etymology can help you understand and comprehend Chinese characters, but not every character follows its etymology. Additionally, there are many simplified characters that are quite different from ...
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