RE: Strange encodings

Joe Barrera (joebar@MICROSOFT.com)
Fri, 29 Aug 1997 21:42:21 -0700


Different alphabets can be fun.

I learned to read and write the Cyrillic alphabet as a kid, a fine trick
to annoy your friends and amaze your enemies. It's still cool to watch
movies or TV shows and read the Russian words (at least those close
enough to English, which covers a lot).

Later as a kid I put together my own alphabet, borrowing from Cyrillic
and Greek and Latin, using single characters for common diphthongs (like
"th"), markings to indicate exact vowel sounds, etc. I used to regularly
take notes in class using this alphabet. This annoyed/amazed the other
kids even more (don't ask me why).

I've always thought it would be amusing to learn to read rot-13, but
I've never gotten around to it.

On a more serious note, there's a good article about Azerbaijan
switching from Cyrillic to Latin
(http://www.theatlantic.com/atlantic/issues/97jul/alphabet.htm).

"Zealous reformers in Turkmenistan, possibly getting carried away by the
Latin alphabet's financial promise, proposed that $ and be the upper-
and lower-case letters for the "sh" sound."

- Joe

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