The Mandarin Chinese character 我 (wǒ) shows a hand (手) holding a spear (戈). The hand radical 手 (shǒu) is used here in the form of 扌, a character which is always used in combination with other characters.
An early form of 我 showed two spears crossing. This evolved into its present form, a hand holding a spear, which is an undeniable symbol of ego assertion, and therefore an appropriate representation of “I; me.”
Mandarin Vocabulary with Wǒ
|Wǒ men||我們||we; us; ourselves|
|Wǒ zì jǐ||我自己||myself|
|Wǒ de||我的||my; mine|