Question is it a character or grammatical symbol?

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  1. Deadmantellnotales

    Deadmantellnotales Well-Known Member

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    juniorjawz Well-Known Member

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    It's the manga way of extending letters in a word.
    Say "Oh" :
    O-h = Oooooh

    What it is... I'm not sure what it's called.
     
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    chencking [Daolord Grammar Nazi]

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    It's called the Choonpu. And to correct jawz, this is not a "manga way of extending letters" but a common character in katakana. For example, ramen is written ラーメン
     
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    I think maybe it's just the equivalent of em-dash (—), except vertical?

    or not
     
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    abewan 〘Nishikigoi Dungeon〙

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    Pepe :blobxd:
     
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    PotatoZero Well-known Potato

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    I still find it interesting that the orientation follows the text
     
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    mmm, vowel modifier. Something English lacks.
     
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    chencking [Daolord Grammar Nazi]

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    That is an interesting question. Japanese has a traditional vertical format called tategaki. I wouldn't be surprised if it was originally vertical, but later rotated for horizontal Japanese to stand out more or something. There's a decent chance a historian with a focus on premodern Japan would know a definite answer, if this interests you.
     
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    I always thought it has to do with how they used to write with a brush. As you write you never want to change directions or move the brush too much + the characters are usually written in a way, that you end up somewhere below or below and to the right of where you start -> it is natural to just move the brush vertically next if you are writing vertically or from left to right if writing horizontally (especially so in a cursive script).

    Not that it stops people from making signs with choonpu written wrongly (and it looks silly, at least to me) :D
     
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    Liyus Laksha's Desu~ Cat

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    arab, is almost the same as cursive yet you write from right to left....