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Fun with Fonts

Vowel & consonant graphemes (letters), syllables, and orthography

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Fun with Fonts

Postby Rick Bradford » Mon Dec 20, 2010 7:03 am

My ability to read Thai varies enormously with the font in which the message is written:

1. Not too difficult

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2. Modernistic

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3. A tough one

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4. Trendy magazine style

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5. A bit compressed (also note the anomaly 8-) )

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Re: Fun with Fonts

Postby David and Bui » Mon Dec 20, 2010 7:13 am

Rick,

I am a bit puzzled with the the first one. Is the second item ลาข or ลาบ ? Also, are some of the tone marks placed over the second, rather than first, letter? Or is this a local variant?
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Re: Fun with Fonts

Postby Rick Bradford » Mon Dec 20, 2010 7:26 am

David,

That shot was taken at a rural restaurant, and I think the signwriter has made the mistakes you refer to.

I'm sure they meant to write 'ลาบ', and the tone marks are placed over the first vowel in some cases (in ไก่ย่าง for example).

It seemed to be a one-off in orthography, not a general local variant (this was near Khao Yai National Park).
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Re: Fun with Fonts

Postby daฟาน » Mon Dec 20, 2010 9:02 pm

i dunno... i still don't really like the price policy... pretty shitty if you actually live in thailand

thx for the pic, completely forgot about the other fonds since I went back home!
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Re: Fun with Fonts

Postby Richard Wordingham » Wed Dec 22, 2010 3:31 pm

David and Bui wrote:Also, are some of the tone marks placed over the second, rather than first, letter? Or is this a local variant?

There was once a tendency to apply tone marks to the whole syllable rather than to a particular letter, and I think that tradition is applied here. Notice also that the mai hanakat is mostly over the second consonant.
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Re: Fun with Fonts

Postby pi_choen » Fri Dec 24, 2010 5:29 pm

look the last one..... ฝรั่ง pay more

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Re: Fun with Fonts

Postby Richard Wordingham » Fri Dec 24, 2010 7:05 pm

pi_choen wrote:look the last one..... ฝรั่ง pay more

เพื่อว่าอ่านภาษาไทยไม่เป็น

The sign is perfectly clear - Thais pay 20฿. In this case, reading Thai merely causes distress which parties excluding Thais could otherwise avoid.
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Re: Fun with Fonts

Postby Rick Bradford » Sat Dec 25, 2010 2:14 am

Some people think this is a case of 'double pricing' or even 'overcharging'.

In fact, the entry price to the park is 100Bt for everyone; in the case of Thai citizens, the government offers a silent 80Bt subsidy in order to allow all Thais the chance to enjoy their country's historical culture.

Well, that's how I'd explain it if anyone asked..... ;)
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Re: Fun with Fonts

Postby Monera » Sat Feb 12, 2011 1:40 pm

pi_choen wrote:look the last one..... ฝรั่ง pay more

เพื่อว่าอ่านภาษาไทยไม่เป็น


Because ฝรั่ง are visitors .I think It's always like this in most places that visitors pay more than the locals.
Maybe because of the currency or something--I don'tknow. Just don't think too much about it :D
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Re: Fun with Fonts

Postby Tgeezer » Sat Feb 12, 2011 1:56 pm

Monera wrote:
pi_choen wrote:look the last one..... ฝรั่ง pay more

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Because ฝรั่ง are visitors .I think It's always like this in most places that visitors pay more than the locals.
Maybe because of the currency or something--I don'tknow. Just don't think too much about it :D


The system is that the average Thai is getting screwed in most aspects of their lives on a daily basis, chargeing Farang more has the effect of making Thai people feel better about their general condition. Our little contribution to the stability of the system.
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