Glyph of the word 'u'.


  • (let.) name of the Zhyler alphabet letter u
  • (syl.) glyph for the syllable u in the Kamakawi syllabary

A noala ukalaka!
“The sunflower is singing!”

Notes: That’s a reference to the incredible game by PopCap Games’ Plants vs. Zombies.

Today’s syllabic glyph is u. I’ve never been very happy with the design of u, but I’m stuck with it now.

Here’s a picture of me saying the vowel u:

Me saying oooooh.

Now here’s that same picture with an overlay of the iku for the syllable u (drawn freehand so you can see where it came from):

Me saying ooooh with the iku for 'u' drawn over it.

This one, I think, is easier to see. With a rounded [u], the lips kind of bunch up into five regions, and if you draw a line between them, you get a “W” shape.

This concludes the vowels. Hooray! That means from now on we’ll be getting actual words with the syllabic glyphs coming.

I’m going to present the glyphs in a particular alphabetical order. The consonants are ordered in Kamakawi alphabetical order: p, t, k, m, n, l, f and h. The vowels are ordered just as they were presented here: a, e, i, o and u. So up next: pa. I can’t wait!

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One Response to “U”

  1. Ka kavaka Alexis Martin ti:

    my favorite character on the Plants Vs. Zombies game is none other than the Michael Jackson zombie.~`,

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