Vorn the Unspeakable (unspeakablevorn) wrote,
Vorn the Unspeakable

On Beyond Zebra

Mac OS X, when it finds a Unicode character which it does not have an actual glyph for in any of its fonts, will use a square with a representative glyph from that group of characters in it, for instance

for the range \x2300-\x23FF; the representative glyph is \x2331, "dimension origin".

This begs the question: what should be done with the private use area, which has no assigned characters? This.

So when I first saw this character I was like "whoa. what the heck is that supposed to be?" It looked kinda familiar. So I asked my mother to bring home a particular book: On Beyond Zebra, a book by Dr. Seuss which makes up a few rather fanciful characters.

Here's a scan of one of the two index pages for On Beyond Zebra:

The glyph is, indeed, Wum. Kind of appropriate, really.

So, on beyond Zebra!
Like Columbus!
Discover new letters!
Like WUM is for Wumbus,
My high-spouting whale who lives high on a hill
And who never comes down 'til it's time to refill.
So on beyond Z! It's high time you were shown
That you really
don't know all there is to be known.

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