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4th Sep '15 4:06:18 AM Morgenthaler
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Just mention someone writing it right to left, or top to bottom, or in other directions, and that instantly cements the language's foreignness! This writing order generally also carries over to illustrations or {{Feelies}}. The direction of writing is occasionally ([[HistoryMarchesOn now rarely]]) characterized to be a holdover from writing in ink or clay, the direction preventing a trailing sleeve from smudging the writing.
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Just mention someone writing it right to left, or top to bottom, or in other directions, and that instantly cements the language's foreignness! This writing order generally also carries over to illustrations or {{Feelies}}. The direction of writing is occasionally ([[HistoryMarchesOn now rarely]]) (now rarely) characterized to be a holdover from writing in ink or clay, the direction preventing a trailing sleeve from smudging the writing.
7th Mar '15 1:15:08 PM TheUnsquished
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* Japanese is traditionally written from top to bottom, with the columns starting from the right. This is why manga is published "backwards", and why many Western manga-style comics (MegaTokyo and ScottPilgrim for example) will have a message printed on the last page reminding you to read the book starting from the other end [[WhereDoYouThinkYouAre because it's NOT from Japan.]]
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* Japanese is traditionally written from top to bottom, with the columns starting from the right. This is why manga is published "backwards", and why many Western manga-style comics (MegaTokyo (''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'' and ScottPilgrim ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'' for example) will have a message printed on the last page reminding you to read the book starting from the other end [[WhereDoYouThinkYouAre because it's NOT from Japan.]]
11th Feb '15 10:09:39 PM TVRulezAgain
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* [[AtlantisTheLostEmpire Atlanthean]] is also boustrophedonic.
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* [[AtlantisTheLostEmpire [[Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire Atlanthean]] is also boustrophedonic.
2nd Dec '14 6:03:58 AM DaibhidC
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* In ''Franchise/StarTrek'' [[http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110504195845/memoryalpha/en/images/d/df/Vulcan_scripts.gif Vulcan]] is written vertically (with occasional links from one column to another) and [[http://img4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20060130151034/memoryalpha/en/images/a/ab/Ferengi_script.gif Ferengi]] branches from a central point at 60 degree angles.
10th Apr '14 9:34:49 AM LongLiveHumour
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* On ''{{Fringe}}'', The Observer writes right to left in unintelligible symbols. The Child in the first season, who probably had some connection to the Observer, wrote in English upside down and backwards.
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* On ''{{Fringe}}'', ''Series/{{Fringe}}'', The Observer writes right to left in unintelligible symbols. The Child in the first season, who probably had some connection to the Observer, wrote in English upside down and backwards.

* "[[MyFairLady And the Hebrews learn it backwards, which is absolutely frightening]]." * ''{{Homestuck}}'': the script used on Alternia is typed right-to-left.
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* "[[MyFairLady "[[Theatre/MyFairLady And the Hebrews learn it backwards, which is absolutely frightening]]." * ''{{Homestuck}}'': ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': the script used on Alternia is typed right-to-left.
24th Oct '13 9:35:33 AM SantosLHalper
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* In ''Literature/ACanticleForLeibowitz,'' the WanderingJew (well, ''[[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane a]]'' [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane wandering Jew]]) refers to Gentiles writing backwards when he reads what Brother Francis writes on a rock.
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* In ''Literature/ACanticleForLeibowitz,'' the WanderingJew (well, ''[[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane a]]'' [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane wandering Jew]]) refers to Gentiles ''Gentiles'' writing backwards when he reads what Brother Francis writes on a rock.
24th Oct '13 9:35:01 AM SantosLHalper
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* In ''Literature/ACanticleForLeibowitz,'' the wandering Jew (well, ''a'' wandering Jew) refers to Gentiles writing backwards when he reads what Brother Francis writes on a rock.
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* In ''Literature/ACanticleForLeibowitz,'' the WanderingJew (well, ''[[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane a]]'' [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane wandering Jew (well, ''a'' wandering Jew) Jew]]) refers to Gentiles writing backwards when he reads what Brother Francis writes on a rock.
18th Sep '13 5:19:18 PM Cartomancer
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One particularly popular style of writing seems to be boustrophedonic writing, in which the first line is written from left to right, the second line from right to left, the third line from left to right, the fourth line from right to left, and so on.
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One particularly popular style of writing seems to be boustrophedonic writing, writing (from the Classical Greek for "as the ox ploughs") in which the first line is written from left to right, the second line from right to left, the third line from left to right, the fourth line from right to left, and so on.
28th Aug '13 8:10:59 PM Tamfang
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* Arabic and jawi script of Malay language are written from right to left, but the numbers are written from left to right. While normal Arabic does not require special marks/strokes, Quranic verses must be labeled this way to prevent reading errors.
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* Arabic and jawi script of Malay language are written from right to left, but the numbers are written from left to right. While normal Arabic does not require special marks/strokes, have vowel signs, Quranic verses must be labeled this way include them to prevent reading errors.
26th Apr '13 9:44:19 AM SharleeD
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* In the ForgottenRealms, dwarves' runic script is often inscribed to circle around a central drawing, symbol or emblem.
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