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I F Terramagne
That's as close as I can come to writing it with standard letters.

Fernweh (German) is a deep, intense longing for a distant land -- like being homesick for somewhere you've never actually been. Fearn is the Ogham letter for F (also V), meaning the alder tree; that's an ancient Irish writing system. In local-America, Unicode provides only a horizontal version, but in Terramagne it's written vertically for this purpose. European alder leaves have a heart shape. "I F Ireland." means "I fernweh Ireland." That can also be written with an alder leaf, just as "love" is often written with a heart symbol. Similarly, the two can be combined, placing the symbol inside the leaf.  It's a cross-cultural pun.  And now I wish I had a T-shirt that says "I F Terramagne."

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From: rhodielady_47 Date: August 13th, 2019 08:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's interesting.
And not two days after I stumbled across a video on youtube that describes all the letters that modern English got rid of several centuries ago.
I've never yet heard word one about these letters in any English class I've ever taken.
Not even about the little "&" that we still used today although it's now considered a punctuation mark and not a letter.

ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 13th, 2019 09:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yes ...

I miss ash and thorn. :(

Most English classes are about as scientifically accurate and useless as phrenology. >_< But I did have one teacher who spoke Old English, so that got a lot more interesting, and less inaccurate.
fayanora From: fayanora Date: August 13th, 2019 11:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes ...

I once came up with two letters similar in function to thorn. Where thorn is TH, shrike is SH, and chaffinch is CH. Shrike looks like a dollar sign with a horizontal line through it, and chaffinch looks like a cent sign with a horizontal line through it. You can see those letters here: https://fontstruct.com/fontstructions/show/931740/shrike_3
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