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03:40:12 AM Jul 8th 2016
Removed the following example. To me, it appears to be just an example of Randomly Reversed Letters in direct reference to Dumb and Dumber; nothing else about the design suggests Russia/communism/USSR, and interpreting it as a dogwhistle just because the R is the only reversed letter seems like a stretch. If anyone has evidence that this was the intended meaning, feel free to re-add.
11:04:40 PM Sep 11th 2015
Just posting here to note that I was forced to delete the Literature folder. All the examples within were misuse, so there would have been nothing left inside.
06:03:38 PM Mar 18th 2014
Is there one in the beginning of the US Office season 7 episode "search committee: part one"? Creed seems to use one in his spelling of Business in creating an acronym from BOBODY. It looks like he is writing "BIZNИ..." which would indeed be the correct letter if he switched to Serbian partway through the word. Alternative, it could be a U, but it looks too narrow and pointy to be one.
05:30:42 PM Feb 10th 2014
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Are there any examples of the German "scharfes S" () used in place of a B?
10:10:04 AM Jun 19th 2013
I wonder if there are any inversions using the Roman alphabet in Cyrillic, Greek or other alphabet-using countries?
11:41:23 AM Dec 4th 2013
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I only recall one computer-related joke using inversion of this trope:

"Chaci6o, Bce pa6oTaeT!"

Which is transliterated line "Спасибо, всё работает!" (Thanks, all is running fine now!) This is a blatant lies because author's locale is obviously broken.
10:41:46 AM Nov 17th 2011
Just to clarify, in the Type O Negative bit, someone says "Cyrillic doesn't have a letter shaped like "D". This is slightly misleading, since the cursive D in Cyrillic is just like an English capital D. See Wikipedia:
04:03:48 PM Oct 5th 2011
The article mentions the Greek letter delta (Δ/δ) being pronounced "th", but this is a bit misleading, as theta (Θ/θ) also is a "th" sound; "th" in English is actually for two sounds, "this" and "with". Delta is for the first one, theta is for the second. This could be especially confusing for those who read transcriptions of older Greek, which has delta for "d" sounds. In fact, delta is the predecessor to the Latin "D" and the Cyrillic "Д".

I just wanted this to explain why I changed the section on Greek a little bit. I'm not changing it much, just clarifying some stuff.
04:48:36 PM Jun 18th 2011
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No mention of Toys R Us? They famously use a backwards R in their logo.
05:37:58 PM Jun 18th 2011
edited by HenningMakholm
It's right there in the Cyrillic/Advertising section, mentioned as an aversion/non-example.
10:14:37 AM Aug 31st 2011
Gah. Who re-wrote the main page with faux cyrillic? To anyone who uses the Cyrillic alphabet, this is now unreadable.
06:44:06 PM Jan 11th 2012
I also vote we remove the self-demonstratingness of the article. Keep the first sentence, sure, it serves as a point (though the pic does that too), remove it elsewhere. Yes, I'm way too lazy to do this, but I wouldn't do it without consensus anyway. So... who votes it should be rewritten with Latin letters?
03:35:47 PM Apr 15th 2013
More than a year later, I loved this when I saw it. My internal-voice actually read it with static.
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