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Can you recognize the symbol(?) on this small piece of paper?

Asked by PhiNotPi (12644points) January 16th, 2014

A long time ago I found a small, hexagonal piece of paper laying around my house. I do not know where it originally came from. Ideas include a Chinese language camp I attended several years back, although this doesn’t really look like a Chinese character to me. I have not found anything else similar.

PICTURE. I have included a few different rotations of the image, because I do not know which side is up.

Can anyone recognize what this is? Or, is it just nonsense?

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gailcalled's avatar

Look at the symbols on the top right set of images and compare them to some of the Arabic letters here

The j with the dot over it and the plain j look like the Arabic “zaay” and “raa’ ” and the big guy in front is similar to the “kha’ ”.

Similar to Urdu and Persian. They also have the j with the dot over it and the plain j.

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PS. Persian is also known as Farsi. The big guy is called “khe.”

PhiNotPi's avatar

@gailcalled Can you highlight the different symbols? I am having a hard time figuring out which symbols you are talking about.

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Second row from top, fourth and fifth images in from right to left.

The languages, like Hebrew, are read from left to right.

fluthernutter's avatar

@Everyone Stop giving PhiNot Pi any more lurve until 12:01am tomorrow! Really want to see them have 11111 lurve points.

@PhiNotPi Good question. I will have to remember to come back tomorrow to hit “Great Question”. Also curious as to why it’s on a hexagon-shaped sheet of paper.

Does the line quality look like it was used as a catch scrap for drawing on a smaller piece of paper? (So as not to draw on the table underneath?)

Does the end of a stroke transition to being lighter (like when you lift your hand)? Or does it go from dark directly to nothing (as when the pen continues over a separate sheet of paper or other thin object)?

PhiNotPi's avatar

@fluthernutter Nope, somebody gave me lurve.

@gailcalled I meant for you to highlight the different symbols on the piece of paper. Your link just displays a diagram of the alphabet.

fluthernutter's avatar

Aww man. 11113, that’s no fun.
Oh well…here’s another GQ for you.

gailcalled's avatar

Use the rotation that appears in the top right hand quadrant of your imgur image. The image at the top of that, furthest to the left, is a small stunted “j” with a dot on top. Next to that to the right is the same small j without the dot. They appear similiar to the Arabic “zaay” and “raa’”

I am nor sure how to highlight the symbols. Just look at the various Arabic letters in their alphabet and compare them to those you copied. You can see that there is a generic similarity.

Or, I just could be whistling Dixie.

PhiNotPi's avatar

Are any of the other markings explained?

gailcalled's avatar

I leave the rest of the detective work to you.

(paper lying around my house)

PhiNotPi's avatar

@fluthernutter It looks like it was written with a red marker. For example, I can see the darker spots at the end of the marks where the marker was lifted off of the paper.

Edit: Does anyone on Fluther know Chinese?

fluthernutter's avatar

@PhiNotPi Whoops, yes. I have a terrible habit of interchanging pen for marker despite their obvious differences.

That one section where the strokes are closer together looks like there might have been a smaller sheet on top of this one.

pleiades's avatar

At first glance I thought Thai or Indonesian but I think I’m wrong after a simple Google compare and contrast… who knows though

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