Aocnel (MH627v)

Aocnel (MH627v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Aocnel (perhaps "Good for Nothing," attested here as a man's name) shows what may be a fruit or vegetable with greenery (not colored here) on the top and perhaps a stem at the bottom. A hand to the left of the food item grasps a tool with which, perhaps, to cut it.

Added Analysis: 

Aoc (an adverb) means no longer. Nel was originally short for nelli (an adjective), true, but James Lockhart explains that it became ubiquitous in particle combinations, losing the meaning of "true." See Lockhart's explanation in our Online Nahuatl Dictionary entry for canel.

Another Aocnel personal name glyph in this collection (see below) has a completely different motif (a plant). Perhaps it is a medicinal plant.

Orozco y Berra suggests a translation of "bueno para nada," good for nothing. See our Dictionary entry.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Juan Aocnel

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Parts (compounds or simplex + notation): 
Reading Order (Compounds or Simplex + Notation): 

medicinas, medicines, remedies, plantas, tubérculos, frutas_

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Bueno Para Nada

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 627v, World Digital Library,

Image Source, Rights: 

This manuscript is hosted by the Library of Congress and the World Digital Library; used here with the Creative Commons, “Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License” (CC-BY-NC-SAq 3.0).

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