I’ve been fascinated by the letter M for as long as I can remember. If it’s possible to have a favorite letter of the alphabet, mine would be the 13th.
It is thought that the origins of our modern M start off about 3,000 BC as the Egyptian hieroglyphic for water.
About 2,000 years later the Phoenicians shortened it to Mem, their word for water. Later it was transformed by the Greeks to Μμ and finally made its way to the Latin alphabet in the form that we recognize as our modern M.
Mmmm, what a beautiful, nurturing, primitive, life-affirming sound. Feel how it resonates and vibrates all the way down to your belly. It is the sound of agreement and concord; of pleasure and love.
No wonder “Om” is the most sacred and popular mantra. This word has great meaning and power to those who believe in its magic. Adherents make lofty claims as to its healing power. And it just feels good to say—try it.
My addiction to the sound of M is filled in other ways. We are forever adding diminutive prefixes and suffixes to our pets’ names that involve the letter M. Our dog Jasmine’s name has evolved into “MinMin.” I don’t know how this happened but what a delicious sound to utter.Here are a sampling of M words that pack a punch in our culture:
amazing, amen, imma (slang for “I’m going to), mail, Madonna, main squeeze, main man, mainframe, majesty, makeover, male/female, man/woman, Mr./Mrs./Ms., management, marijuana, Marilyn Monroe, marriage, McDonald’s and its spinoffs McJob, McMansion, etc., Me Me Me, medical, menu, meow, Michael, Michelle, micro, micromanage, microchip, Microsoft etc., MILF, millionaire, minx, missy, money, mobile, mojo, mommy, moron, motorcycle, moviestar, multi, multicultural, multi-task, munchies, my bad, mystery, myth.
There are hundreds of M words that have negative, if not horrible, meanings…such as murder, mutilation, massacre…and math. But we don’t need to talk about those now and depress everybody.
I’m certain I’ve omitted many important m words, if you have any to add let me know!