Culture - Do you know how Chinese count the number of votes?

by Wendy

If there are no calculating devices or machines, do you know how Chinese count the number of votes? It's quite simple. They write the character "正(zhènɡ)" on the blackboard. As you can see that "正" contains five horizontal and vertical strokes. Therefore, each "正" represents five votes or ballots. You just count how many "正" that you wrote, and you will easily know how many votes you got.

Besides, "正"also means honest and upright in the word "正直( zhènɡ zhí)", proper and legitimate in the word "正当(zhènɡ dànɡ)", positive in the word "正面(zhènɡ miàn)", and so on. Isn't that interesting?


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