Kaneko

Glyph of the word 'kaneko'.

kaneko

  • (n.) cat

Au noto kaneko!
“Cats are cool!”

Notes: Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit’s Caturday! Hooray cats!

This week’s cat word is: cat! This particular word has a special origin. It comes from the name of the first cat I ever knew: Kaneko. Kaneko was my grandfather’s cat, and he was quite a cat.

Speaking of cats, you know who else is quite a cat? My cat, Okeo! Here’s another picture of Okeo:

Another picture of my cat Okeo.

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2 Responses to “Kaneko”

  1. Ka kavaka Amanda ti:

    So what was the inspiration for the glyph? Is it a pictogram of a cat? (My first thought on seeing it was mountains…)

  2. Ka kavaka David J. Peterson ti:

    Actually, for awhile I forgot, and I began to think it did indeed look like a crouching cat. That’s not the case, though. It is, in fact, a combination of the syllabic glyphs ka, ne and ko.

    Such glyphs are built in a particular way. When there are three syllabic glyphs, the first syllable comes on top, the second on the bottom to the left, and the third the bottom to the right, so it forms a kind of triangle. The line on top is ka. In the lower left, there’s a kind of flattened ne. Then on the right, there’s a severely mutated ko, where the right side of ne serves as the left side of ko.

    That’s not how it gets written anymore, though. I have kind of an elongated “M” on the bottom, and then I draw a big line through the whole thing. I imagine if it were allowed to evolve, at some point it would be unrecognizable.

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