WATER RIPPLE

October 12, 2021

WATER RIPPLE

The ancient Egyptian ripple of water is one of the oldest language hieroglyphs from Ancient Egypt. Egyptian written languages didn't have symbols for all of the vowel sounds, and were only partially phonetic. Our best guesses as to ancient Egyptian pronunciation come from references to Egyptian words from ancient texts written in other languages. 


Archaic forms of the water ripple have unique variations, however, the later standard usage of the hieroglyph was translated to the single-phoneme N. This type of single-consonant phonetic hieroglyph was used to spell names and it’s found in many royal inscriptions such as king Tut’s cartouche (pictured).


In addition to the single letter N, the water ripple is majorly used as a preposition broadly translated to in, and it's found a total of 203 times in the Rosetta Stone.


Another major usage of the horizontal water ripple (seen with three waves instead of one) is as a non-phonetic determinant to provide context. In this meaning, it is used to separate hieroglyphs "blocks" with its own ideology, and implied meaning and usage: "waters".

 

 






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