Can you read this Ambigram?

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  1. paul.b.davis macrumors 6502

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    So this is a tattoo design that I made, its an ambigram (meaning it can be read upside-down as well)

    I am just posting it here to see if anyone can read what it says, since I designed it I cannot look at it without seeing the word

    It is in a foreign language (Gaelic) but there are no special characters

    The word is Anaithnid

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    Anarithmia? I don't know.

    Are you a doctor perchance?


    [edit] Oh, it's Gaelic. Well I don't know!
     
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    Hmm... I think part of the problem may be that in Gaelic there are weird letter combinations that the English-reading brain ain't used to...

    I'd guess - although the second half isn't clear to me since the stroke splits after the h into what could be a A or V

    Anarithavuil is my best guess but having Googled it, it doesn't come up with any results so I'm guessing it's wrong!
     
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    A
    n
    a
    r n
    i
    l t
    h
    a (might not be there)
    v l (nothing)
    i
    l
    d

    That is what I see.
     
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    ok, so it is supposed to say "Anaithnid" but I gather that a lot of extra letters can be seen there

    so, anybody have any ideas as to how I can clean it up?
     
  6. RojoLeo macrumors 6502

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    I think most of the confusion stems from the A and the N. The problem is that when looking at it in only one direction, they still look very, very similar. So if we process the first character correctly as A, then we're inclined to process the second one as A.
     
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    Your problem is that it is in Gaelic. Remember, the human mind can usually parse words together even if the letters are incorrectly ordered as long as the first and last letters look right. I think if you did another word that is more recognizable it wouldn't be so hard. Here's an example of an ambigram I made. I bet you can recognize what it says.

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    Took quite a lot of working out but Daniel (?)
     
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    Thats what I see too.
     
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    Yeah, it says Daniel. I think with these ambigrams - I've only done 4 myself - it can be near impossible to make it look exactly like what you want, but having a recognizable word helps a lot.

    With the word posted at the top, I couldn't figure it out with a hard effort. It'll never be effortless, but some are much easier than others.

    I guess it just depends on if you are okay with people not being able to read it. A lot of people get tattoos in foreign characters that only a few can read. If you want everyone to be able to read it, I suggest that you change the word, or find a different way to style the word.

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    I just thought of something else. I have done a few where when oriented one way it says something and if you turn it upside down it says something else. You could pick two words that sort of go together. Something like "Light" one way and "Dark" the other way. Not that you would choose those words, but you might want to consider it.

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    P.S. Out of curiosity, what does that word stand for?
     
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    I might get this tattooed on the side of my calf.
    [​IMG]
     
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    Thats from angels and demons right?
     
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    And here all I can think of after seeing that is captain planet. As for the OP's I don't have a clue (then again it's a bit early and I'm not up to thinking too hard yet).
     
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    Yeah, it is. One of the greatest books ever written. I can't wait for the movie that comes out mid 2008.
     
  17. paul.b.davis thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Well, I guess I have to ask if after you know what the word is, can you read it?
     
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    honestly no.
     
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    I can, but there's still a lot of extra information that's hard to see past.
     
  20. Applespider macrumors G4

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    You have got to be kidding. It's the thriller equivalent of a bodice-ripper. It's an interesting story but the calibre of writing is atrocious.

    Not really... still looks like there are too many letters in there...
     
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    thanks for the input everyone, I will keep working on it
     
  22. Stampyhead macrumors 68020

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    Yeah, I can see it now. And even if it's not completely evident what the word is, it's pretty darned cool looking. I like it.
     
  23. Chaszmyr macrumors 601

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    [​IMG]

    I was rather fond of the original coverart.


    EDIT: Oh yeah, and response to the original poster, I think it's extremely difficult for anyone to read a word they don't understand in ambigram format, and I was unable to make it out.
     
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    Whoa, now that's what I call an ambigram!
     
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    WOW!!! I like that cover better. They should've picked that one instead.
     

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