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Does anyone know the etymology of this symbol? When I was in Japan, a student told me that the figure symbolizes the role of the king as the vertical connection between the sea, the earth and heaven (the three horizontal lines). Is this anyone else's understanding? —This unsigned comment was added by (talk) at 02:19, 24 May 2008.


There is inappropriate use of the word 'mandarin' on this page. 王 is not the 'mandarin character of Wong'. 王 is a Chinese character, and it is factually incorrect to say '王 is the mandarin character of Wong', implying that Wong is the true, standard pronounciation is 王. 王 is also not bound to mandarin; what in the world is a 'mandarin character'?

There is also no 'mandarin wikipedia'. The Chinese written standard across all Chinese languages/dialects is based on mandarin, but this written standard is accepted as the written standard and never called 'mandarin'. Only the spoken language is called 'mandarin'. 06:37, 9 December 2010 (UTC)