Puzzle 14 September 2011 By Simon Can anyone decipher the writing below? It was sent in by a visitor to Omniglot and looks like the Arabic script to me.
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It says اهلا وسهلا “ahlan wi-sahlan” meaning welcome in Arabic.
mhm, agree with alxwrght. Seems to be hung on a door (for two holes on the edges).
Yup – as alxwright says.
Here’s a transcription with all the characters (including diacritics) that you see in the image:
اهلاً و سهلاً
Instead of the more everyday ﻬ medial form of ه/ﻫ haa’, the calligraphy uses the simplified, more calligraphic ﮩ version and the و waw is superimposed on the angled alif of the first لاً laam-‘alif compound character.