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¿ʇı̣ əsnqɐ ʇ,uɐɔ noʎ ɟı̣ əpoɔı̣un sı̣ pooɓ ʇɐɥʍ
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˙˙˙˙sɹǝʇʇǝl pǝʇuǝɔɔɐ ǝɥʇ ɥʇıʍ ɹo ʇǝqɐɥdlɐ ʇuǝɹǝɹɹıp ɹǝɥʇo ʎuɐ ɥʇıʍ ɹo sɹǝqɯnu ɥʇıʍ ʞɹoʍ ʇou sǝop ʇı ʇnq ¡ʍoʍ
Yes, that's true... an artefact of the fact that rotated Latin-script letters have been used by linguists for various sounds, but rotated other-script letters less commonly so (as far as I know). So they didn't get encoded in Unicode.

Now that UPA additions have been added, you can even write some text going up, since they have some letters rotated 90°!
how did you do it?

Re: how did you do it?


February 4 2010, 10:49:16 UTC 11 years ago Edited:  February 4 2010, 10:49:26 UTC

By picking the right characters.

You know how if you want to type, say, "sound" upside down, you can just type "punos"? Or "monopod" upside down becomes "podouow"?

This is the same thing, only you have to use some more exotic Unicode characters to get things like upside-down "a" or "e".


February 12 2010, 14:49:33 UTC 11 years ago

moi jqaarive pa a ecrire a lenvers sur facebook et je voudrais savoir comment on fait......



February 14 2010, 13:47:38 UTC 11 years ago



March 14 2010, 00:42:44 UTC 11 years ago

hey! what code do i have to use? and can i use this anywhere? (myspace, facebook, etc.)


March 17 2010, 13:48:20 UTC 11 years ago

wie schreibt man jetzt auf dem kopf ?
Indem man die richtigen Zeichen auswählt.

Um ein "n" (wie Nordpol) auf dem Kopf zu machen, schreibt man einfach ein "u" (wie Ulrich). Für "d" (wie Dora) nimmt man ein "p" (wie Paula). Und so weiter.

Nur, dass man für einige Zeichen auf weniger geläufige Zeichen zurückgreifen muss, meist aus dem phonetischen Alphabet (wie z.B. ʎ für y -- ʎ bezeichnet den italienischen "gl"-Laut bzw. den spanischen/französischen "ll"-Laut).


April 7 2010, 14:44:31 UTC 11 years ago

Excellent, et merci
¿noʎ ʇ,upıp 'sıɥʇ pɐǝɹ oʇ pɐɥ noʎ
I saw this concept back in 99.. 2000 maybe, or whenever people started playing with replacing strings with other strings(string_replace_string).. by reading your comments it looks like you are trying to take credit for its rise in popularity, even hinting towards its creation.

This was so basic 10 years ago I done my own version in 5 minutes, if you had any clue about it when you first posted this, you would have posted the very basic code.. tisk tisk tisk.

I have a feeling you won't be allowing this comment so I'll be posting my own bit of history at, with a link to this page for humor.

Re: I know what you did last summer


October 21 2010, 13:03:50 UTC 11 years ago Edited:  October 21 2010, 13:05:32 UTC

by reading your comments it looks like you are trying to take credit for its rise in popularity, even hinting towards its creation.

Can you show me which comments you mean?

I don't claim to have come up with the idea by myself (see the second comment to this entry, where I say that my inspiration was a message by Mark Shoulson on a mailing list), and I certainly don't claim to have popularised it: I was surprised when someone pointed me to revfad since I had never heard of the place in general or the page on upside-down writing in particular.

Without knowing details, I imagine it spread from there. I certainly had no hand in it.

I think it's fun, but I don't claim authorship.

if you had any clue about it when you first posted this, you would have posted the very basic code.. tisk tisk tisk.

Since I only wanted to produce one sentence (for this journal entry), I did so through the technologically advanced method of copy-pasting from Character Map: no "basic code" involved, presuming that you are referring to programming with those words (and not, say, a lookup table of what upside-down character to use).

I still think you're blowing this out of proportion.

Also, while that may have been "basic 10 years ago", the possibilities these days are better the more characters are added to Unicode (especially with the phonetic additions for the UPA with its rotated Latin characters).

Ah well.

I have a feeling you won't be reading this reply, though, so I'll stop here.

(The reason I screen anonymous comments on this entry has nothing to do with you and more to do with people who post nonsense in response to this entry.)

PNE ftw


October 22 2010, 14:11:17 UTC 11 years ago

Ive stumbled onto this thread twice now in about 3-4 years...and I must say it is such a great read. PNE you are a humble soul. I love some of the inane comments your visitors make.

I suffer from CDO. its like OCD, but in alphabetical order, LIKE IT


February 22 2011, 13:59:27 UTC 10 years ago

ich kann endlich einen handstand machen und gleichzeitig in facebook schreiben
Gratuliere. Hier hast du 'nen Keks.
How can I do that with the © sign?

I want to flip / reverse it. I have found some CSS tricks online that flip regular alphabetical letters / strings; but none of them seem to work with the ©
I don't know of a way to do this.

If the CSS really flips the letter (by applying some kind of rotation transform), then it should work for the copyright sign, too... if it's instead a JavaScript trick that replaces letter by their rotated versions (turning b into q, n into u, etc.) then it will obviously only work if there's an appropriate rotated letter to replace it with. And I don't know of a circled inverted c letter.
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