*** a wee bit off topic ***
The Communist government updated the system for spelling Chinese words with Roman letters in the 1950s. To increase the country’s literacy rate, it also introduced simplified written Chinese characters, which use fewer strokes. Some characters are completely new, but many are identical to traditional versions. The characters now called traditional first appeared as pictorial script incised on bone or tortoise shell during the Shang dynasty (1400 B.C.-1200 B.C.) and have evolved since.
Hanzi Smatter, dedicated to the misuse of chinese characters in western culture
Gnawing at language, biting the ankles of Chinese media
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