Oe

Glyph of the word 'oe'.

oe

  • (phon.) glyph for the sequence oe
  • (v.) to wipe away, to wash away
  • (v.) to erase
  • (n.) erasure
  • (adj.) clean, wiped clean
  • (adj.) washed away

Ka oe lelea iu ie’i.
“The water washed the footprints away.”

Notes: This word is a good word to hang onto. It can find use in a number of situations: erasing a chalkboard, wiping crumbs off a table cloth, squeegeeing water and soap off a windshield, swiping chess pieces off the board when I realize I’m losing (that’s my secret weapon)… And it rolls right off the back of the throat.

The iku is a modified version of the syllabic glyph ta, which means “sand”. The stroke across the midline of ta is iconic—kind of wiping away the sand, as a wave does on the beach. That being the case, one might be able to call this an ikuiku, but I think it’s more likely that it’s an iku’ume (though now that I’m thinking about it, I may have created an old version of this glyph… Though even at that point, “sand” already had its iconic shape, so it might not matter).

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