Unknown language #17

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Shared by Sup Gau in the Facebook group "Language Nerds":

Unknown writing system or just a prank?

Selected reading

[h.t. shaing tai]


  1. Student said,

    May 2, 2024 @ 4:39 pm

    The text is meaningless. Every character only appears once, indicating the abscence of the high frequency grammatical words found in real languages. Most characters are dotted or looped variants of a few characters; glyph orientation changes (90° intervals) whenever it suited the writer's arms.

    These look a lot like the Chinese-esque glyph generation tests I do in my free time, drawing various combinations of features. By the looks of it, there were a few combinations left to draw, but the writer forwent them, realizing he was about to exhaust the distinctive combinations.

    Prehaps the glyph-features encode phonetic features, but I doubt it, and lack expertise with Vietnamese phonology to verify that.

  2. amy said,

    May 3, 2024 @ 8:39 pm

    It's called "find the hidden swastika".

  3. Nat said,

    May 4, 2024 @ 12:46 am

    er…. what is the post itself saying? "Happened to know this word on a relative's grave… now someone wrote it down…." what?
    "I've seen this script on a relative's grave, now someone's taken a photo"? or something else?

  4. AG said,

    May 5, 2024 @ 6:42 am

    I think I see the St. Regis Hotels logo in there. j/k


  5. Rodger Cunningham said,

    May 5, 2024 @ 12:15 pm

    Nat, let's rate this translation a 2.

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