Saturday, September 10, 2016

What does 驕 mean?

The Chinese character 驕 (교) means "proud" or "arrogant," as in the Korean word 교만(驕慢)하다, which means "proud" or "arrogant." Notice that the character is a combination of the characters 馬 (마), which means "horse," and 喬 (교), which means "tall" or "high." In English, we have the expression "high horse," which means "an arrogant  and unyielding mood or attitude." I had not noticed the coincidence before today, but that coincidence will probably help me never to forget this character.


  1. Thanks to your post, I don't imagine I will ever forget the character now either. Fantastic blog with tons of interesting information- looking forward to lots more posts in the future!

  2. Thank you, Mathieu, for taking the time to say "thanks." Sometimes I wonder if people are even reading this stuff.

    1. Likewise, I appreciate you taking the time to share your extensive knowledge about these topics that may not attract a huge readership but are fascinating for those interested. I haven't yet come across any other blogs that manage to combine history, 한자, and the Korean language in such a concise and engaging way. By all means, please keep the posts coming! They're extremely informative.


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