Chinese Tuesdays: Library pictograms

I really like these creative symbols made up of characters and pictures, at Dalian Library. The one on the left is 烟 yān, which means smoke, and they’ve used a cigarette to draw part of the fire radical. In the picture on the right they've combined the character 静 jìng (part of the word 安静 ānjìng – quiet) with a picture of a phone. Below it is 嘘 xū, which represents the “Shh!" sound, with a hushed mouth to replace the mouth radical. Very clever.

Every Tuesday on the Anthill, Sam Duncan posts a langauge titbit from his blog