Egyptian hieroglyphics was one of the language systems used by the ancient Egyptians. They believed the language and its writings were sacred so they often referred to them as 'holy writing'. The word hieroglyph is derived from the Greek words hiero 'holy' and glyph 'writing'. Their system was based off of three types of signs that made up the entirety of the writing. Logograms represented words, phonograms represented sound and determinatives that were placed at the end of words to give clarity to their meaning. At one point there were over a thousand hieroglyphs in use in their system. Now you'll have a few of them on a tie.