Fish (was Re: Marks)

From: Asmus Freytag (
Date: Fri Sep 28 2007 - 17:12:51 CDT

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    On 9/28/2007 2:37 PM, Philippe Verdy wrote:
    > Why not proposing the historical Christian fish symbol at this date (April
    > 1st)?
    You haven't been in the US in a while, apparently, or you'd know that
    the fish symbol is widely used there. I'm not (just) referring to its
    use as a symbol on cars, but in print and other advertising to label
    commercial enterprises owned by or catering to the "true believers".

    While I'm surprised that it hasn't been proposed before, it's clear that
    it's so far out of the realm of character encoding that it can be safely
    considered an April Fool's joke.


    PS: wasn't able to locate a home page, but see the link, the first
    reviewer mentions the fish in the ads for that company - they are far
    from the only ones, but probably more frequent in other parst of the
    > The fish was used and displayed on many monuments and graves, is still seen
    > on old artistic features (like ceramics) and probably on old scriptures too,
    > by the first Christians, before the Cross during the Roman Empire before it
    > converted officially to the Christian religion, and accepted to use the
    > Cross as an easily recognizable symbol to commemorate those that died on it.
    > I have not seen any fish in the Unicode standard for now, but there are many
    > crosses for various Christian churches... May be I have forgotten where it
    > was? Or is it part of an ongoing proposal for Aegyptian hieroglyphs with
    > which it could be unified?
    > For now I can just see "fish tail" characters.
    > Jon Hanna wrote:
    >> Michael Maxwell wrote:
    >>> This was not a joke? I assumed it was a parody of some of the ideas on
    >>> the Indic list...
    >> Apparantly it isn't.
    >> The worse thing about this idea is that it means I have to think up
    >> something else to propose on 2008-04-01.

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