Replies: 7 - Last Post: Jun 6, 2013 11:42 AM Last Post By: nutraxfornerves
Jun 5, 2013 3:52 AM
Alphabet immitationsSaw yesterday a Greek restaurant here in my hometown where they had the words in Ukrainian Cyrillic, but they tried to make the letters look Greek on the signs outside the restaurant. Saw similar cases in western Europe where they made the Latin letters look Greek. We don't do that with Latin except in the case of an Irish pub, where they tried to make the Cyrillic letters look "Celtic"
Now of course the Greek, Cyrillic and Latin alphabets share a lot of similarities, so it made me wonder do they ever try in countries with for example the Arabic alphabet or in India, China etc where they have completely different charactersets to make things look Latin/Greek/Cyrillic.. I would be curious to see some photo's of that if anybody has a link.
Jun 5, 2013 8:19 AM
1There are a lot of Latin fonts designed to look like some other alphabet, including Cyrillic. The term is "simulation font" or "faux font."
A whole list of Faux fonts
Free simulation fonts Not all are true simulations, but there are 98 of them. Includes oddments like Elvish.
Thai simulation font
The plural of anecdote is not data.
Jun 5, 2013 11:59 AM
2Nutrax, I think what OP is asking about is examples where non-western writing -- Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Hindi, etc-- are made to look like Latin (or Greek or Cyrillic).
I never came across that in the Arab world except with certain logs where the English and the Arabic names were made to look very similar. I can't show you any examples, The Coca Cola logo in Hebrew is the best I can find. And that isn't really trying to look like the Latin alphabet, it's just rying to suggest the Coca-Cola logo. Same with the Arabic logos that I'm talking about.
Jun 6, 2013 12:24 AM
3Yes, the Arabs are clever about using their alphabet to mimic company logos: A Subway in Saudi.
Jun 6, 2013 2:32 AM
4The amount of Sushi bars have exploded over the last three years in Ukraine
Here an example how they try to mimic Japanese in a Kiev Sushi bar (into Russian)
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