Hey Guys! After making my contribution to the 3429 ACL submissions, I decided to come back to what's really important in life: Money, or as they say gold.
Today's character 金 jīn is a phono-semantic character meaning gold. Its semantic components are 王, an upside down axe or a crown (modern meaning is king), and 呂, meaning blocks of metal (modern meaning is spine). The phonetic component is 亼 which is the ancient form of the very common modern Chinese character: 今 jīn.
The Chinese associate gold with good luck, prosperity, richness, nobility... This is why you would want your kitchen to be full of golden utensils and faucets, so that you can attract good fortune. We on the West also associate gold with riches and nobility, however we use gold to attract good fortune in different ways:
The Eastern world have arguably stronger attachment to symbolism in the names compared to the West, leading to characters such as 鑫, which is literally the character for gold repeated three times. It is used in names in order to bring prosperity to the person or the business. If you walk around the streets in China, you will see this character a lot in shop names. Curious enough the most common Korean sirname Kim is actually the gold character 金 itself. The Chinese, being crafty as ever, use the triple gold character to refer to Kim Jong Un or Kim3.
In the West, we also had our fair share of names that mean gold:
Aurelia, Gilda, Golda, Orelia, Chrysta, Dior, Oria... But they are all fairly archaic.
That's all the gold for the day! Enjoy your Christmas holidays! Maybe it's time to decorate the Christmas tree with solid gold, in order to bring better presents?