Glyph of the word 'ae'.


  • (phon.) glyph for the sequence iu
  • (prep.) through
  • (v.) to go through
  • (adv.) through

Ka iu ei ie puka.
“I went through the gateway.”

Notes: So, at one point in time I’m sure the form of this iku made sense. There was a very specific reason that the glyph for iu was identical to the glyph for no, “three”. I have a vague memory of the glyph being a pair of walking legs, but even in the oldest form of the script I have, it’s identical to no.

Aside from kind of looking like “through” to me, iu is identical to no, and is always distinguished from it by a line determinative, even when it’s acting as a phonological string.

As it so happens, iu finds itself paired with other words quite a bit. Every preposition can form a lative verb and preposition by compounding itself with iu. For example, ae, yesterday’s word, means “to be inside”. When it’s modified by iu, it forms aeiu, which means “to go inside” or “to enter”.

I’d tell you more, but I don’t really want go “into” it.

Get it?


Yeah, that was a bad one…

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