If I ever wonder why I don't get around to reading my books, it's because my nights go something like this:
"I should finish my tea and then read a book in my hammock."
"Huh, iTunes has the wrong art for Depeche Mode - 101."
"Wikipedia's article 101
is about the year, not a disambiguation."
"Wow, that's a lot of random facts about the number 101
"What the hell is a strobogrammatic prime
? Wow, who creates a word for a property of a number which depends on both base and script?"
"Ooh, what do Devanagari digits
"Huh. I guess I can't infer that the line at the top implies the language is Hindi. Distinguishing it from Nepali is like distinguishing English from Spanish."
"But I might be able to infer Gujarati
by the lack of a line."
"There's a special writing system for indigenous Canadian languages
? That's cool, the rotation of the consonant indicates the vowel."
"I didn't realize these weren't technically alphabets. All those crazy curly-cue languages are abugidas
"... and Arabic, Hebrew, and other vowel-free writing systems are abjads
(or perhaps "bjds" if you're using an abjad)."
"OMG. The list of writing systems
has a map of scripts
. Typogeography! Goetypography! I might cream my pants if I was wearing any."
"In the obscurity department, a script used only by women
. With graphemes chosen so they'd work well in embroidery."
characters have phonetic features embedded, unlike most alphabets where there's no indication that 'f' and 'v' are pronounced similarly. It can therefore be used to write more than just imaginary languages. If you want a badge of obscurity and utter linguistic geekery, you can write Esperanto
should make a shirt of Jabberwocky
"Let's not get into MovementWriting
, but somehow I doubt DanceWriting
can adequately transcribe the way I dance."
"Well, at least I have an adequate LJ icon to indicate how I spent my evening."