Tuesday, June 26, 2012

English–Greek Ambigrams

The third batch of multi-lingual ambigrams I made are in Greek. As in the previous cases [1], I was left to deal with both another language and another alphabet. Fortunately, as with the English–Old Irish ambigrams, I was working with an alphabet that was generally similar to the Roman alphabet we use in English. In fact, the Greek alphabet gave rise to it! For this batch I consulted two fonts: a blackletter font called Spanish Main [2] for my name and a font called Fleischmann Gotisch PT [3] for Leann's and Lillian's names.

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My name in Greek is ματθαίος (transcribed as matthaios). I'm particularly pleased with the μ/w combo and more especially my use of th to make the τθ. The α/e pair isn't bad, either.

Leann's name doesn't translate directly into Greek. For the first part (Le[ah]) I figured out that the Greek word λιβάδι (transcribed as libádi) means "meadow".[4] I didn't want to use the whole thing since that would make the entire name too long, so I just kept the first two letters (λι). The second half (Ann) is available in Greek: ἄννα (transliterated as hánna). So the entire named would be λιἄννα (transcribed as lihánna). This font didn't have Greek characters, so I just made do with Roman characters (you'll just have to forgive me for my crude conversion of the l to a λ).

The Greek translation for the flower lily is κρίνος (transliterated krinos).[5] I am least satisfied with this ambigram. The ο/il combo doesn't really look like an ο, so once again I resorted to using colors. But everything else I tried just made it look like a p in one direction and a d in the other. The ν/l combo isn't perfect, either.


[1] See my English–Thai ambigrams here and my English–Old Irish ambigrams here.

[2] You can preview or purchase it here.

[3] You can preview or purchase it here.

[4] With the help of Google Translate.

[5] Again, with the help of Google Translate.

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