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The letter M is derived frae the Phoenician Mem, via the Greek Mu (Μ, μ). Semitic Mem probably oreeginally pictured watter. It is kent that Semitic fowk workin in Egyp c. 2000 BC borrowed a hieroglyph for "watter" that wis first uised for an alveolar nasal (/n/), acause o the Egyptian wird for watter, n-t. This same seembol acame uised for /m/ in Semitic, acause the wird for watter began wi that soond.

Egyptian hieroglyph "N" Phoenician
Mem
Etruscan M Greek
Mu
Roman M
 
       

The letter 'm' represents the bilabial consonant soond, [m], in Classical leids as well as the modren leids. The Oxford Inglis Dictionary (first edeetion) says that 'm' is whiles a vowel in wirds lik spasm an in the suffix -ism. In modren terminology, this wad be describit as a syllabic consonant — IPA [m̩].

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Computin codesEedit

Character M m
Unicode name LATIN CAIPITAL LETTER M     LATIN SMAA LETTER M
Encodins decimal hex decimal hex
Unicode 77 U+004D 109 U+006D
UTF-8 77 4D 109 6D
Numeric chairacter reference M M m m
EBCDIC faimily 212 D4 148 94
ASCII 1 77 4D 109 6D
1 An aa for encodings based on ASCII, includin the DOS, Windows, ISO-8859 an Macintosh faimilies o encodins.

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ReferencesEedit

  1. "M" Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd edition (1989); Merriam-Webster's Third New International Dictionary of the English Language, Unabridged (1993); "em," op. cit.

Freemit airtinsEedit

  •   Media relatit tae M at Wikimedia Commons
  •   The dictionar defineetion o M at Wiktionary
  •   The dictionar defineetion o m at Wiktionary


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Letter M with diacritics
Ḿḿ Ṁṁ Ṃṃ Ɱɱ
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