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honorific transposition



honorific transposition (countable and uncountable, plural honorific transpositions)

  1. (linguistics, Egyptology) A shift in the sign order of a compound word or common phrase, to make certain religiously significant terms (e.g. nswt, nṯr, rꜥ) appear at the front of the word or phrase.
    The Egyptian idiom ḥm-nṯr ("servant of a god" = "priest") is written:

    which would appear to read *nṯr-ḥm. However, this phrase shows honorific transposition of the nṯr glyph.