man, person

The MAN building block is often used in combination with other characters to make 'combination characters'. Sometimes is is squashed a bit so that it can fit in. When it is squashed to the side, it looks like the left hand side of 化. This is called the "side-man" building block. When it appears at the top of a character it looks like the top of 气 - the left hand stroke is still diagonal, the right hand leg sticks out flat. This is called the "top man" building block. Like this: img:/static/uploads/mems/32000100718130604.gif by BenWhately