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@alpine_thistle @AspiringLuddite oh lol, lower in the thread OP compares the ring to the way people now get tattoed Chinese characters without knowing their meaning. just:👌👌👌

"my new fancy ring spells something offensive"

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@annathecrow @AspiringLuddite medieval weebs did this with Arabic lol

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@alpine_thistle @AspiringLuddite as in, actual legible arabic, but nonsense? Heh. I knew they painted "arabic" script on fabrics in paintings of saints/Virgin Mary, but that was just squiggles to make it look Fancy.

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@annathecrow @AspiringLuddite oh yeah, they loved Arabic shit. I just read this yesterday and it was really interesting laphamsquarterly.org/fashion/c

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@annathecrow @AspiringLuddite it was less about what it said (though authentic Arabic embroideries and inscriptions were the most prestigious) and more about the prestige of having something in the style of the rich, cosmopolitan east

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