Tu

Glyph of the word 'tu'. and Glyph of the word 'tu'.

tu

  • (syl.) glyph for the syllable tu in the Kamakawi syllabary
  • (n.) bubble
  • (v.) to be bulbous (kind of like a gremlin when they get wet and start reproducing)
  • (adj.) bulbous

A hala’i i tu keyo ima.
“Life is but an empty bubble.”

Notes: Heh, heh… That’s a line from one of the greatest movies I’ve ever seen My Man Godfrey. It stars William Powell and Carole Lombard, and if you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it.

In the old form of the writing system, there were plenty of circles, and this was one of them. All circles were turned into boxes, though, and so the lines were added to make sure it was understood that this was a bubble. Circles were later reintroduced, of course (for example, see loana), but this iku (and others like it) were already set.

The determined form of this iku is actually used rarely, though it would be used as one would expect (for the noun or verb forms). It’s uncommon because I think it looks cluttered: It’s bizarre to have this short horizontal line right below a short vertical line. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t like the look of it, so I don’t use it a lot.

Oh, and, by the way, Gremlins is another good one if you haven’t seen it.

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