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Khomut ๛ 
2nd-Oct-2006 08:29 pm
fun characters
Messing around with a character pallate today, I discovered that Thai has a character which marks the end of a character or document: ๛ ("khomut," entity ๛, unicode U+0E5B). It's like a signature everybody gets to use. They also have ๚ ("angkhankhu," entity ๚, unicode U+0E5A), which marks the end of long sections. Combined with ะ ("sara a," entity ะ, unicode U+0E30) it marks the end of a verse like so: ๚ะ.

Even though you can usually tell where a section or document ends with page layout, I think khomut is absolutely gorgeous, and I would like to start ending all of my posts with it. Unfortunately, my web browser rather scrunches it up, so rather than looking like an @ with a long signature it looks like a G with a corkscrew in its nose. I hope my dear readers may enjoy the artistry in a good font.



Edit: I really like the diminishing tails in this image from decodeunicode.org:


Edit: Apparently khomut should follow angkhankhu + sara a. Also, Thai doesn't space-separate words, but uses a space where Western languages would use a period or a comma.

๚ะ๛
Comments 
3rd-Oct-2006 03:46 am (UTC)
You rock so hard! Harder than carboniferous carbonite.
7th-Oct-2006 02:36 am (UTC) - you are...
truly white and nerdy. Beanies off to you!
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