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matha_standun's picture

you would think the national body responsible for the promotion of the language would be aware of it

To be honest, John, I've stopped thinking about national bodies responsible for languages and nothing surprises me anymore. A few years ago a journalist from an Irish language newspaper went into the department of the Gaeltacht with a camera and took photos of all the spelling mistakes in the internal signage. Even non-Irish speakers were horrified. And more often than you would expect, there are fairly scary spelling mistakes in road signs.

Occasionally you come across unidentified, incomprehensible objects like this one in the West of Ireland:

weird

But what are you doing talking about Welsh and Irish when you could be answering a juicy question about Thai??? ;-)

Matha

matteson's picture

I didn't realize this was going to be so thoroughly Google-proof when I posted it; and from the lack of responses, I'm thinking maybe another question should be posted to keep this thing going...

John Hudson's picture

Nathan, we surrender. Give us another question, but please also let us know the answer to the Thai one.

matteson's picture

Sorry about that. The answer is 1925 - my reference was A Century of Thai Graphic Design by Anek Nawikkamun. So, here's another (which I'm positive isn't impossible;-)

Identify the three foundries who used the following pin marks:



ps: I won't be online tomorrow, so I'll check back later tonight and early Monday morning. Sorry for the inconvenience.

hrant's picture

Nathan, the filenames you've used for those images (which show up in the email version of your post, if not directly online) make this too easy... :-/

hhp

matteson's picture

Oy vey. Didna realize those showed up in the email. I'll post something else in a sec. [embarrassed blushing]

matteson's picture

Alright. Here goes. In a standard fount of Monotype Times New Roman, how many units wide are the bodies for lc 'm' and lc 'i'.

matha_standun's picture

I give up, Nathan

lettertiep's picture

m: 18
i: 9 (?)

matteson's picture

You've got one right Letter.

matteson's picture

Hmm. Did I kill the Pop Quiz? :-P

lettertiep's picture

Hmmm, i saw a working monotype 2 weeks ago, but I didn't measure the i.
But if m = 18, than i should be 5 I suppose ( If I measure Times New Roman).
Don't worry Nathan, I think it was a fine question! :-)

matteson's picture

Thanks Letter. I was starting to get self-conscious when I realized my obtuse questions had slowed down this thread for a whole week ;-)

Anyhow, you're extremely close.

eomine's picture

if m=18, then i=6.

matteson's picture

That's it! Thank God :-)

eomine's picture

Alright, next question:

What does "AGFA" stands for?
Bonus question: in 1989, what 3 companies merged to create Agfa Corporation?

matha_standun's picture

Aktiengesellschaft für Anilinfabrikation

John Hudson's picture

Agfa was originally an acronym for Aktiengesellschaft für Anilinfabrikation. In 1989, Agfa-Gevaert Inc (1964) merged with Compugraphic and Matrix. [Note that Agfa-Gevaert Inc is not be be confused with the Agfa-Gevaert Group, which is the parent company that owns all the others.]

matha_standun's picture

That was a close one
Sorry John.

John Hudson's picture

Rats, Matha beat me to it by a minute! That'll teach me note to waste time checking my sources.

hrant's picture

Or to waste time going for the bonus question - a valiant effort nonetheless!
And who would've thunk an Irishman would have a quick trigger finger? :-)

BTW, what's really interesting is that you guys are 10 time zones apart!

hhp

eomine's picture

Considering the cross-post, and the fact that John answered my bonus question, I declare him the winner. Sorry, Matha. ;-)

Btw, just checking, the Agfa-Monotype own website says "Akteingesellschaft für Anilinfabrikation", not
"Aktiengesellschaft für Anilinfabrikation".

matha_standun's picture

...who would've thunk an Irishman would have a quick trigger finger? :-)

I watched a lot of Sergio Leone films.

...what's really interesting is that you guys are 10 time zones apart!

One of us doesn't get much sleep though.

Matha

matha_standun's picture

Considering the cross-post, and the fact that John answered my bonus question, I declare him the winner. Sorry, Matha. ;-)

Hold on a second!!! My trigger finger's gettin all itchy!!

eomine's picture

>Or to waste time going for the bonus question - a valiant effort nonetheless!

Hey! ;-)

Btw, do you work for Agfa, Hrant?

hrant's picture

No, but I love their film and their pre-press stuff. It's a darn shame they no longer sell scanners.

hhp

eomine's picture

Thanks, Clint. ;-)
I'm going offline now, and I'm keeping my decision.

Have a good night, typophiles!

matha_standun's picture

I'm going offline now, and I'm keeping my decision.

I'm too tired to think of a question anyway (and I'm certainly not waiting until 1 o'clock in the morning to post one) so I'll back down gracefully and stow my 6-shooters under my pillow.

Fire away John ;-)

O

matha_standun's picture

double post (keeping me from my lovely bed for another 2 minutes)

Goodnight

anonymous's picture

I say Matha wins

clint

and I should know

C.

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