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Thursday, December 10, 2009

A Reversed Tattoo Is Forever Too

Not every bad Hebrew tattoo is a big unsolved mystery, some are pretty straightforward. Today's victim, for example, simply wanted a "Forever" tattoo:


Good news - This permanent Hebrew tattoo will stay with her forever.

Bad news - The tattoo doesn't quite say "Forever" (LaNetsakh) as intended. In fact, it is written backwards, and the result is a nonsense word, a word that looks like "eggplant" (Khatsil) more than anything.

For today's lesson we'll learn to write "Forever" correctly in Hebrew. This is how it's done:


When composing a Hebrew tattoo, it's important to remember that the Hebrew language is written right-to-left, unlike English. Also, don't trust your text editor to write it out properly, as they often don't.

Particularly, and this is the important bit: Don't trust Photoshop with your Hebrew tattoo.

Photoshop is a great program, but unless you have the Middle East (ME) version, it will reverse Hebrew, Arabic and Farsi letters, giving you a backward tattoo. It will even reverse text when you do copy-paste!

4 comments:

  1. Her ex, 'Hatz-a-nel' (who she now probably wishes would get run over by a truck already, has one on *his* wrist, also forever: says 'Gretz-a-nel'. Hey, they were young and in love, enthralled by the Hansel & Gretel fairy-tale./ Seriously, Ms-Notepad also reverses the letter-order, as do some web-sites on a non-Heb-enabled browser. Too bad Hebrew has so few L-R symmetrical letters; none, actually. An interesting 'find'. Your gentle humor should be sonme consolation to this victim.

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  2. Notepad actually displays hebrew well and so does Word and most web browsers. But the direction can get broken on copy-paste (encoding issues)

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  3. this site is hillarious! I will check & double check now when I am ready to get my Hebrew tat! =) I hope I never end up here =)

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  4. I have never laughed so much........ eggplant is a seriously difficult thing to love!

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