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09:52 pm - on Wørds and Wisdom... (and a little about Women at the end)

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[User Picture]From: auros Date: May 15th, 2006 - 09:54 pm (Link)
Honestly, I'm having trouble remembering the precise details of which languages and references were involved. (I deal with 50+ languages in more than 15 different scripts.) I know that on a few separate occasions, I've had one of the books in my shelf, or an "expert" web resource (like Omniglot, or one of the various translation firms or font vendors), give a slightly different character inventory for a language than what Wikipedia listed, and upon talking with somebody who actually knows the language, it would always turn out that Wikipedia was right. Either there would've been some spelling reform in the past couple decades, or the "expert" is including a presently-deprecated character that was at some time been used for foreign loanwords, or something like that. IIRC, Albanian and Portuguese had examples of that. (European Portuguese has phased out use of ü, so probably that was the implicated character.) If you were paying me for my time, I'd go dig into my notes and find the details on a few more examples. *g*

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