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I WONDER??? [Oct. 1st, 2008|10:18 am]
Ryan
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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!
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[User Picture]From: icecoldinalex
2008-10-01 02:33 pm (UTC)
The reverse of this springs to mind:



Which is utterly unhelpful, i'd imagine. Business as usual!
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[User Picture]From: qwantz
2008-10-01 02:34 pm (UTC)
I like this sign! GET IN LANE.

Which region is it from?
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From: fortysevenbteg
2008-10-01 02:34 pm (UTC)
Perhaps these guys?
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[User Picture]From: rly
2008-10-01 02:35 pm (UTC)
It looks hobo to me.
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[User Picture]From: qwantz
2008-10-01 03:10 pm (UTC)
a little TOO hobo
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[User Picture]From: fancycwabs
2008-10-01 02:39 pm (UTC)
The first thing that springs to mind is the I Ching for wind, but that's just a guess.
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[User Picture]From: possumdixon
2008-10-01 05:52 pm (UTC)
I love your icon. I am enjoying it a great deal.
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[User Picture]From: gruggach
2008-10-01 03:20 pm (UTC)
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?
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[User Picture]From: zeldacomic
2008-10-01 03:21 pm (UTC)
Looks like it just says "ill" to me. Seems like a classic case of ILL COMMUNICATION, am I right?
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[User Picture]From: possumdixon
2008-10-01 05:52 pm (UTC)
i lol'd.
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[User Picture]From: q_pheevr
2008-10-01 03:26 pm (UTC)

It reminds me a little of Long & McQuade's logo.

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From: macaddct1984
2008-10-01 04:01 pm (UTC)

There's always Wikipedia

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[User Picture]From: qwantz
2008-10-01 04:05 pm (UTC)

Re: There's always Wikipedia

Hah, wow! Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: sunfiremarie
2008-10-01 04:02 pm (UTC)
Can we hear your portentous story?
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[User Picture]From: qwantz
2008-10-01 04:05 pm (UTC)
I'm afraid it must be kept private FOREVER
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[User Picture]From: scottique
2008-10-01 04:03 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure it means "Lateral-Thinking Puzzle Construction Ahead; Speed Limit 3 Matchsticks"
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[User Picture]From: qwantz
2008-10-01 04:05 pm (UTC)
Hah!
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[User Picture]From: chickensnack
2008-10-01 04:23 pm (UTC)
dog poop on train tracks
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[User Picture]From: goldmineguttd
2008-10-01 04:31 pm (UTC)
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...
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[User Picture]From: goldmineguttd
2008-10-01 04:53 pm (UTC)
http://www.omniglot.com/writing/syllabic.htm

I'm full of shit, some abugidas can be pretty complex. I checked Manipuri, but nerp.
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From: bradamantium
2008-10-01 04:39 pm (UTC)
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.

Rhyme:


Terrorist:


Beard:

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[User Picture]From: qwantz
2008-10-01 04:41 pm (UTC)
Beard man is nonplussed about his beard.
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[User Picture]From: ipsenaut
2008-10-01 04:52 pm (UTC)
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).
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From: (Anonymous)
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.
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