Glyph of the word 'ma'. and Glyph of the word 'ma'.


  • (syl.) glyph for the syllable ma in the Kamakawi syllabary
  • (n.) mom (form of direct address)

Ipe ie ma oi’i.
“That’s my mom.”

Notes: The word for “mother” is mala; this is the word that a Kamakawi child would actually use to talk to his/her mother. The iku derives from a sideview of a woman with a line over it (the line indicating something like “original” or “important”). In fact, just for fun, here is the original glyph:

Original glyph of the word 'ma'.

As you can see, over the years a second line was added. I was thinking that the original top line would kind of sandwich down and mark the top, but then as there would no longer be a top line, a new one was added.

Oh, and, of course, the determined version is used for the noun.

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