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A linguistic mystery [May. 22nd, 2006|10:32 pm]
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Some time ago, something happened to my browser at work, and now, whenever it encounters greek letters, instead of displaying them normally (that is, as greek letters), it displays them in some weird mystery alphabet. I went trolling through various webpages trying to identify it, but to no avail.

So I'm wondering: does anyone know what lanaguage this is? And for special bonus points, can you tell my why my browser (Firefox, running on linux) has decided that it likes this alphabet better than the normal Greek one, and how I might persuade it to change its mind back?

And if nobody can identify it, well, here, at least I can give you some entertainment: look at this wacky alphabet!

strange alphabet

[User Picture]From: 0nce_and_future
2006-05-22 03:47 pm (UTC)
To my untrained eye it looks like a really odd (simplified) Arabic font....
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2006-05-22 03:53 pm (UTC)
I suspect it's from somewhere in the vicinity of Asia Minor, but beyond that, I have no idea.
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[User Picture]From: dcseain
2006-05-22 04:00 pm (UTC)
I agree that it's semitic, but it's not Arabic. It's a Coptic-derived font. Such alphabets/syllabaries are used for:
Armenian, Amharic, Tegrinya, Georgian, Kurdish, Coptic, Egyptian, and a few other languages. This is not of the Amharic/Tegrinya variety, with which i am familiar. So i'm voting for Armenian, Georgian, or a related Kartvelian or Caucasian language.
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