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Hat-tip to pickwick, from pue:

Obsessed as I am with alphabets, I have had to identify the 26 flipped letters:
:sɹǝʇʇǝ1 pǝddı1ɟ xıs-ʎʇuǝʍʇ ǝɥʇ ʎɟıʇuǝpı oʇ pɐɥ ǝʌɐɥ ı 'sʇǝqɐɥd1ɐ ɥʇıʍ ɯɐ ı sɐ pǝssǝsqo


Most are from the International Phonetic Alphabet - which you can search on WikiPedia.
.ɐıpǝdıʞıʍ uo ɥɔɹɐǝs uɐɔ noʎ ɥɔıɥʍ - ʇǝqɐɥd1ɐ ɔıʇǝuoɥd 1ɐuoıʇɐuɹǝʇuı ǝɥʇ ɯoɹɟ ǝɹɐ ʇsoɯ

z is just z
ʎ is a a phonetic sign for the sound written 'gl' in Italian or 'lj/љ' in the languages formerly known as Serbo-Croat
x is just x
ʍ is the way I pronounce the first letters of "what", though this is not standard English
ʌ is a short 'u' sound
n is just n
ʇ is the click sound often written 'tsk' in English
s is just s
ɹ is the normal English pronunciation of 'r' (unrolled)
b is just b
d is just d
o is just o
u is just u
ɯ is Turkish 'ı' sound, a very short 'uh'
1 is the number 1
ʞ is an obsolete phonetic sign for a click sound (now written 'kǃ')
ظ is the rarest letter of the Arabic alphabet (Ẓāʼ).
ı is the Turkish letter which is written ɯ in phonetic script
ɥ is a sound halfway between 'w' and 'y', as in the start of the French word 'oui'
b is just b
ɟ is a sound a bit like 'y' found only in the Natsilingmiutut dialect of Inuit
ǝ is the phonetic sound for the 'scha' or unstressed vowel, as in the second syllable of 'vowel' when you pronounce it at normal speed. It is also pronounced a bit differently (like standard English 'a' in 'hat') as a normal letter in Azeri.
p is just p
ɔ is the short 'o' in German and Dutch (and some English dialects, esp Australian and New Zealand). A long ɔ (ɔ:) is the standard English 'aw' sound.
q is just q
ɐ is the standard English short 'u'.



( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 3rd, 2007 07:38 am (UTC)
You really are the most erudite of individuals, Nicholas. Did you ever learn to speak Irish, by the way?
Jul. 3rd, 2007 08:14 am (UTC)
Alas, no - a serious gap in my education!
Jul. 3rd, 2007 08:30 am (UTC)
Different fonts show these more or less the way you want them. For instance, DIGIT ONE U+00031 does not look like an upside-down LATIN SMALL LETTER L U+006C in the font in which I'm viewing your post.
Jul. 3rd, 2007 08:46 am (UTC)
I don't think ظ looks much like an upside-down 'j' in any font, but I applaud the author for trying.
Jul. 3rd, 2007 09:25 am (UTC)
Right. I think U+136B and U+137B might be better matches.
Jul. 4th, 2007 04:58 am (UTC)
Hmm, not sure about that. They both seem to have peculiar platform-like lines above and below the main part of the symbol. Also there are not a lot of people with Ethiopic fonts installed - I certainly don't have them!!!
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