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#1 Blindmouse

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Posted 24 February 2010 - 01:41 AM

As kind of a joke someone gave me a Transformer coloring book today.

I was pretty surprised to see that it's got a full Cybertronian alphabet in it.



I checked it against the few figures that I had near me that had Cybertronian symbols (Mindwipe, Chromia and Arcee) and it pretty much always worked.
Unfortunately I didn't decipher anything cool though.

Mindwipe has four symbols on his wings. Three of which I was able to read. W,Y and R.

My wife pointed out that the last symbol could be a number.
Unfortunately I don't have a list of those.

On Chromia I found, X, T, R and I.
Arcee only had two symbols, X and T.

It would be really cool if someone who knew how made a font out of these.


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Posted 24 February 2010 - 02:45 AM

I should finally get off my duff and update the reference PDF on the wiki. Someone posted a clear scan of that page to the wiki awhile back, and I never got around to it. We've got most of those in the file, but not all.

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Posted 24 February 2010 - 03:38 AM

So now someone can create a font! icon-fire.gif

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Just checked over on the wiki, and according to this some of the letters also double as numbers - I think . It seems that certain letters in the Cybertronian alphabet are assigned numeric values, as every number is also represented as a letter. So, for example, in our language, '3' and 'three' represent the same concept, while in Cybertronian, 3 and I represent the same concept.*




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#4 Dvandom

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Posted 24 February 2010 - 07:33 AM

In most ancient alphabets, number symbols doubled as numbers. Not just Roman Numerals, but also Greek, Hebrew, etc. This is where gemetria (the practice of finding the numerical value of words, like "Nero" equalling 616 or 666) comes from. The idea of having separate number symbols didn't come to dominate until later, although it was kicking around from the start.

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Posted 24 February 2010 - 07:41 AM

Aesthetically, cybertronian symbols look similar to the ideograms that some asian cultures use IMHO. I wonder if in some asian country fans lol and lol because "that robot has poo written on it?s wing".
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Posted 24 February 2010 - 10:35 AM

Given the similarity between H and O, and between I and P, poor Ironhide must have a devil of a time writing his name if his calligraphy is even a little sloppy. "PRONHIDE?"

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Posted 24 February 2010 - 10:45 AM

QUOTE(Dvandom @ Feb 24 2010, 09:35 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
"PRONHIDE?"

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Posted 24 February 2010 - 11:44 AM

I should have guessed it was already on the Wiki.

I just looked at Classics Cosmos and none of his symbols are on this list.

I guess this is only a ROTF alphabet.

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Posted 24 February 2010 - 11:49 AM

QUOTE(Blindmouse @ Feb 24 2010, 11:44 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I should have guessed it was already on the Wiki.

I just looked at Classics Cosmos and none of his symbols are on this list.

I guess this is only a ROTF alphabet.


Yes. The language on Cosmos is on the wiki as well. Look up "Cybertronian Languages"

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Posted 24 February 2010 - 11:50 AM

Yeah, it's Movieverse only. We do have other Cybertronian languages on the Wiki, like Cybertronix from Beast Wars and a catchall article for the rest. We have some excellent fonts done by Jim Sorenson up too.

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Posted 24 February 2010 - 12:33 PM

Ya know... I never really looked at the Wiki before.

I guess this is a good of reason as any to start.



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