Thu, 25 May 2023
A while back Rik Signes brought my attention to the Unicode codepoint
with the long and peculiar name
Recently I was looking into how Egyptian hieroglyphic characters are encoded in Unicode. The possible character set is quite large; for example here's the name of the god Osiris:
Is this a single codepoint? No, there are codepoints for the three components of the hieroglyph (the kneeling bearded man, the eye, and the polygon thingy that represents a throne), and then some combining characters to say how they should be assembled, also combining characters to indicate notations like cartouches and rubrics.
(I learned this hieroglyphic with the eye part uppermost and the man and throne side-by-side below, but I suppose Egyptian spelling must have changed over the millennia.)
The codepoints themselves have disappointing names like
But still, what could have been?
If you want to look it up, it is known as
Addendum: Rik informs me that he brought the Telugu fraction to my attention not, as I remembered, because it was longest but because it was curious. At the time the longest designation was
which has since been supplanted by the twins
I still regret that
[ Addendum 20230526: More hieroglyphic monkeys holding stuff. ]