Writing cursive forms of M
M ( named em ) is the 13th [1 ] letter of the modern English alphabet and the ISO basic Latin alphabet.
History [ edit ]
M is derived from the Phoenician Mem, via the Greek Mu (Μ, μ). Semitic Mem probably originally pictured water. It is thought that Semitic people working in Egypt c. 2000 BC borrowed a hieroglyph for "water" that was first used for an alveolar nasal ( /n/), because of the Egyptian word for water, n-t. This same symbol became used for /m/ in Semitic, because the word for water began with that sound.
Use in writing systems [ edit ]
⟨m ⟩ represents the bilabial nasal consonant sound [ in the orthography of Latin as well as in that of many modern m] languages, and also in the International Phonetic Alphabet. In English, the Oxford English Dictionary (first edition) says that ⟨m ⟩ is sometimes a vowel in words like spasm and in the suffix -ism. In modern terminology, this is described as a syllabic consonant (IPA [m̩]).
Other uses [ edit ]
Roman numeral Ⅿ represents the number 1000, though it was not used in Roman times. [2 ]
Related characters [ edit ]
Ancestors and siblings in other alphabets [ edit ]
𐤌 : Semitic letter Mem, from which the following symbols originally derive Μ μ :
Greek letter Mu, from which M derives М м :
Cyrillic letter Em, also derived from Mu
Ⲙ ⲙ : Coptic letter Me, which derives from Greek Mu
𐌌 : Old Italic M, which derives from Greek Mu, and is the ancestor of modern Latin M
ᛗ : Runic letter Mannaz, which derives from old Italic M
𐌼 : Gothic letter manna, which derives from Greek Mu
Ligatures and abbreviations [ edit ]
Computing codes [ edit ]
LATIN CAPITAL LETTER M
LATIN SMALL LETTER M
Numeric character reference M
EBCDIC family 212
ASCII 1 77
1 Also for encodings based on ASCII, including the DOS, Windows, ISO-8859 and Macintosh families of encodings.
Other representations [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
External links [ edit ]
Media related to M at Wikimedia Commons
The dictionary definition of M at Wiktionary
The dictionary definition of m at Wiktionary