> Those king's names we observe in the GP were
> written quite literally by the "FOLLOWERS of
> Khufu" - just like today, for example, many
> Christians are sometimes referred to as the
> "FOLLOWERS of Christ". The king's names we find in
> the GP all come from a much later time i.e. from
> those who continued to remember, respect and
> honour the builder, the "FOLLOWERS of Khufu". This
> is to say that Vyse found and copied into the GP
> marks from a much later period made by the
> "FOLLOWERS or 'FRIENDS' of Khufu" that were found
> somewhere outside the GP. At least, that is
> what the evidence suggests to me.
But, as was explained to you some time ago on another forum:
The word in the glyphs is not Smsw, actually. The glyphs read right to left, so starting behind the cartouche, the second glyph from the right is a badly rendered chisel (U23). So together with the first glyph (S29, folded cloth)_ this spells the word smr. This is typically translated as "companion" or "friend." The quail chick simply marks the word as plural.
The last glyph, which kind of looks like a tipi with poles poking out the top, is the unclassified glyph Aa20 (probably a cloth sack tied shut, hence the draw strings sticking out). It's the word aprw, which in this context designates a work gang. So the inscription literally translates as "Khufu's companions," with aprw as a semantic determinative (although possibly it was spoken, too).
I double-checked my facts with the primary source on Old Kingdom graffiti, which is Ann Macy Roth's Egyptian Phyles in the Old Kingdom. If you're interested, you can download it from the Oriental Institute's free archives ...