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Introduction of Rebus

A rebus is an allusional device that utilizes photos to represent words or parts of words. It was a favorite form of heraldic expression utilized in the Middle Ages to denote surnames, for instance in its standard type three salmon fish to denote the name "Salmon". A more sophisticated example was the rebus of Bishop Walter Lyhart of Norwich, consisting of a stag (or hart) lying down within a conventional representation of water. The composition alludes to the name, profession or individual characteristics of the bearer, and speaks to the beholder Non verbis, sed rebus, which Latin expression signifies "not by words but by things", a point, object, matter; rebus being ablative plural.
 
Also named borrowings or phonetic loan characters, this category covers circumstances where a current character is employed to represent an unrelated word with comparable or identical pronunciation; sometimes the old meaning is then lost fully, as with characters for example, which has lost its original meaning of "nose" completely and exclusively means "oneself", or wàn, which originally meant "scorpion" but is now used only in the sense of "ten thousand".
 
Rebus was pivotal in the history of writing in China insofar as it represented the stage at which logographic writing could turn out to be purely phonetic (phonographic). Chinese characters utilized purely for their sound values are attested in the Chun1 Qiu1 春秋 and Zhan4 Guo2 战国manuscripts, in which zhi was used to write shi and vice versa, just lines apart; the same happened with shao2  for Zhao4 , with the characters in question being homophonous or nearly homophonous at the time.