Re: Emoji: emoticons vs. literacy

From: Michael Everson (
Date: Thu Dec 25 2008 - 05:46:23 CST

On 25 Dec 2008, at 11:27, Ruszlan Gaszanov wrote:

> Is there any other way to express the term "hippo" in Egyptian
> hieroglyphics
> then using "hippo" character?

Sure, with the hand for d, the reed for i, and the foot for b. Dib.
The hippo itself is an ideogram. Sure when they saw one they'd say
"dib", but one would write it (using @ for the hippo) either db@ or
dib@. And db or dib would be pronounceable as the same word.

Michael Everson *

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