What script is that?

by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2007/08/03 02:31 -04:00, original URI: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/michkap/archive/2007/08/02/4198401.aspx

After I read Exotic-Looking Typefaces over on Language Log the other day, as well as the various posts it linked to, I was reminded of an incident from a few years ago.

You see, although I have lots of Microsoft shirts, for the most part I never wear them, instead I usually wear shirts from various singer/songwriter types (either ones I bought or ones that I was just given).

I was wearing one of those shirts, it had this pattern on it:

Peter Constable was starring at the pattern, trying to figure out what bizarre script it might be.

"What script is that?" he asked me, the doubt clear in his voice. He couldn't make out familiar letters and they were all disconnected, he just couldn't place the text.

"Um, Latin?" I answered, acting confused at his confusion.

The shirt came from The Honeydogs, who opened for Aimee Mann a few years back. I think Adam and Noah would be surprised to have the band name mistaken for anything complex. :-)


This post brought to you by H (U+0048, a.k.a. LATIN CAPITAL LETTER H)

Anastasiosyal on 3 Aug 2007 2:40 AM:

Surely makes a good captcha!  However it might not be readable enough but a dictionary list of words would increase readability

Alan J. McFarlane on 5 Aug 2007 5:39 PM:

It's like watching your standard quiz program and some computer related question comes up.  I often find giving an answer difficult: well if you mean this, then this, or this then, or ...

And then the person (easily) gives the answer.  But I'm the computer guy...  A form of "too much knowledge".

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