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Online Encyclopedia of Western Signs and Ideograms

Friday, July 31st, 2009 by | Filed Under: Cool Sites

This is a fascinating site that has over 1500 different signs for you to read about, and over 2500 different signs! There are three ways to navigate the database:

Use the Graphic Index – to browse this way you’ll have to fill out a form about what the sign looks like. Set each drop down box, there are four in total, to what you desire to search by and then click the Search Signs button. It will then show you a list of every symbol that matches your search criteria. Then click a sign to find out what it is all about!

Use the Word Index – searching this way provides you with an alphabetical category search. You chose the letter you want to browse, they show you the symbols filed away under that letter. The default page is set to symbols that start with a number.

Check out a Random Sign – this takes you directly to a random signs page. It is a very interesting way to browse the database because you can continue browsing by click the next button, or the previous button.

This is an amazing database, I learned that hobos have their own language of sign and that there are symbols for items like lapis lazuli, and much, much more. Why don’t you check it out today?


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