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Shared October 22, 2018

Ogham is an old Irish script made by carving notches into stones. It fell out of use more than a millennium ago - but it's an interesting exception to a linguistics and computer-science rule that I'd never even realised existed. Let's talk about the Ogham Space Mark.

Thanks to all the team at the British Museum! You can visit their YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/britishm...

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Tom Scott

An alternate title for this video was "The Space That Isn't A Space", but that's a bit more difficult to translate into Ogham. Thanks again to all the team at the British Museum!

1 year ago | [YT] | 2,702

Ignideus

This video is gonna be hell to try and search for later

1 year ago | [YT] | 5,398

Gavers23

Are you trying to crash our phones again?

1 year ago | [YT] | 1,737

Michael Name

Oh, i see. That's why they make all those "edge" phones. To properly display Ogham.

1 year ago | [YT] | 1,388

Dagwoodland

The title translates to “Tom Scott and Ogam”.

1 year ago | [YT] | 881

Toucan intérieur

Yes Tom, tell me about rectangle-rectangle-rectangle and rectangle-rectangle rectangle

1 year ago (edited) | [YT] | 595

hey its me jop

Tom I thought we were done with these unicode disasters

1 year ago | [YT] | 3,682

fenrar36

"Hey! you parked on the line taking up two spots!" No, it's an Ogham parking spot, the line is a space. :P

5 months ago | [YT] | 22

Alexander F

Unicode really has to be considered one of the greatest accomplishments of the modern world. The fact that I can easily switch between English and 日本語 and expect virtually everyone who encounters those characters to see them rendered correctly is astounding. People under maybe 15 have probably never encountered a webpage full of broken unreadable encodings for an unsupported text standard.

1 year ago | [YT] | 324

Mark

Oh great, now American hipsters are going to be getting tattoos of Ogham now because they are 1/28th Irish. Cheers Tom.

1 year ago | [YT] | 149

T2SF

I'd really like to see academic papers folded like accordions to write Ogham.

1 year ago | [YT] | 133

klop422

Zero-width space is also nice to stop programs from turning your emoticons into emoji

1 year ago | [YT] | 60

┓┏ 凵 =╱⊿┌┬┐

I don't think Chromecast supports the text in the title. It's rectangles with crosses in them

1 year ago | [YT] | 257

GoDzM4TT3O

Title says “Tom scott” and “Ogham”. Thank me later. Also yes, if you search “Tom scott and Ogham”, this video will come up.

1 year ago (edited) | [YT] | 213

vptes1

Oh crap in js /\s/.test(' ') == true. Tom is right!! :P

1 year ago | [YT] | 370

vptes1

And of course unicode/utf8 supports it...

1 year ago (edited) | [YT] | 708

Lúcás Ó Daimhín

It's nice to hear you talking about Irish history. I feel it's often underappreciated so thank you.

1 year ago | [YT] | 86

Rian Young

I used to have a necklace with my name carved in Ogham.

Growing up in Ireland...

1 year ago | [YT] | 15

Nico Jones Gödel

Hi Tom, I'm Catalonian, and I thought this might interest you.

In Catalonia we have the double L (meravella - miracle) and the "L geminada" (lit: doubled L), which we write with a dot (l·l) as in Paral·lel. (and it's pronounced like the italian ll).
The interesting thing is that the dot · IS actually a breaking space: if a word doesn't fit on the line, it can be separated, whereas a double-L can never be separated: Me-ra-ve-lla, but a double L can: Pa-ral-lel. And, in that case, you don't write the dot and use the hyphen instead... but there can never be a confusion! isn't that neat?

1 year ago | [YT] | 77

Mister Apple

2:14 Where are the options for I Don't Know and Can You Repeat the Question?

1 year ago | [YT] | 218