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Hey, do you guys know of any languages that have a symbol resembling this?
I came across it in a portentous way and I was wondering if it actually meant anything!
The reverse of this springs to mind:
Which is utterly unhelpful, i'd imagine. Business as usual!
I like this sign! GET IN LANE.
Which region is it from?
Perhaps these guys?
2008-10-01 02:35 pm (UTC)
It looks hobo to me.
The first thing that springs to mind is the I Ching for wind, but that's just a guess.
I love your icon. I am enjoying it a great deal.
It means 'ill' as in "If you are ill, go here".
Or it could be "If you go here, you'll get ill". 50 50 chance of not being ill. Who wouldn't take those odds?
Looks like it just says "ill" to me. Seems like a classic case of ILL COMMUNICATION, am I right?
2008-10-01 04:05 pm (UTC)
Re: There's always Wikipedia
Hah, wow! Thanks!
Can we hear your portentous story?
I'm afraid it must be kept private FOREVER
I'm pretty sure it means "Lateral-Thinking Puzzle Construction Ahead; Speed Limit 3 Matchsticks"
Could this be an abstraction of a word in another language (ILL, etc), or is it precise? Because if the horizontal lines are necessary, it looks like an ideograph- if it's any language, it would have to be Chinese. It's the only ideographic language on the block. Alphabets, syllaberies, abugidas, etc tend to have simpler characters...
I looked around some symbol websites, and it looked like Blissymbolics
so I found a Bliss site and went through every single character (that they had) seeing if I'd see it. I didn't find it, but some of their symbols are awesome.
Beard man is nonplussed about his beard.
Did it have serifs, was it calligraphied, or did you wake up in a bathtub of icewater with scars in this formation?
This is important (especially if it had serifs).
2008-10-01 05:17 pm (UTC)
I specialized in writing systems in my Ling degree and it's nothing I recognize from any system I'm familiar with, which is most of them. It could be a few things, but would have to have been highly stylized...nothing in Chinese looks like that unless it's been heavily messed with. Not Korean...unlikely to be anything Devanagari-based...none of the Caucasian scripts....it's kind of like a cursive Cyrillic capital T I guess? There could be some likelihood in Semitic writing, but again: stylized. The only ones I know that are angular like that are runes/Ogham, or Berber (Tifinagh).
I'd say it's unlikely to have any significance in any writing system. I Ching maybe.