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M
ISO basic Laitin alphabet
AaBbCcDdEeFfGg
HhIiJjKkLlMmNn
OoPpQqRrSsTtUu
VvWwXxYyZz
D'Nealian Cursive.svg
Circle sheer blue 31.gif
Circle sheer blue 31.gif
Cursive script 'm' and capital 'M' in the U.S. D'Nealian script style

M (named em /ˈɛm/)[1] is the thirteent letter o the ISO basic Latin alphabet.

History

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 MGreek
Mu
Roman M
n
    

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].

Relatit letters an ither similar characters

Computin codes

CharacterMm
Unicode nameLATIN CAIPITAL LETTER M    LATIN SMAA LETTER M
Encodinsdecimalhexdecimalhex
Unicode77U+004D109U+006D
UTF-8774D1096D
Numeric chairacter referenceMMmm
EBCDIC faimily212 0D4148 094
ASCII 177 04D109 06D
    1 An aa for encodings based on ASCII, includin the DOS, Windows, ISO-8859 an Macintosh faimilies o encodins.

Ither representations

References

  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 airtins

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


The ISO basic Laitin alphabet
AaBbCcDdEeFfGgHhIiJjKkLlMmNnOoPpQqRrSsTtUuVvWwXxYyZz
Letter M with diacritics
ḾḿṀṁṂṃⱮɱ
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