See “Arabian Protocol” post


This one goes out to my Arabic-speaking friends out there, and particularly to the internet/chatting-savvy ones. But firstly, I apologize to my English-speaking friends, you’re more than welcome to scuff at this piece and ignore it :p

Simply to point out, I understand this is a WAY outdateud topic to be talking about, but it’s been on my mind lately, and I thought I’d shed some light on it.

Specifically, I’m referring to Arabic Spoken in English -i.e. Arabish-, and that’s the technique that’s been around for as far as I can remember logging on the internet back in the day. It’s the use of:
- The number 2 to represent ء
- The number 3 to represent ع
- The number 5 to represent خ
- The number 6 to represent ط
- The number 7 to represent ح
- The number 8 to represent ق
- And the number 9 to represent ص
.. And not only that, then there’s the addition of the apostrophe to mold those numbers into new Arabic letters:
- ’3 is غ
- and ’6 is ظ

Now I’m not really going to share any philosophical insight, I just wanted to point out the matter that whoever came up with it is one hell of a smart person, or persons for that matter.

So if you’re out there reading this, big props to you my friend, you’ve made it that much easier for the rest of us to chat our lives away :)

Update (23/6): Look what I found! Wiki Article


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