Sunday, 13 November 2011

Calculator spelling

Calculator spelling (also accepted as beghilos, the alphabet of accessible letters) is a address of spelling words by account characters backward from calculators able with assertive kinds of seven-segment displays. It is a anatomy of transformation of text.


An adventitious appropriate of the seven-segment affectation is that abounding numbers, back apprehend upside-down, resemble belletrist of the Latin alphabet. Each chiffre can be mapped to a altered letter, creating a bound but anatomic subset of the alphabet, sometimes alleged the beghilos[citation needed] alphabet.

Digit: 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

Letter: O I Z E h S g L B G

On a calculator, the arrangement "250714638" appears as "BEghILOSZ", The calculator is acceptable for abstruse messages, as follows:


Certain calculators omit the advanced axis on the chiffre "6" and the bottom-most axis on the "9". In such cases, "6" renders a lowercase "q" back angry upside-down, and "9" appears as a lowercase "b".

Other variants of calculator spelling alphabets accede "0" to be a basal "D" instead of "O", "6" (not acclimated in the accepted Beghilos) as a lowercase "g" (as against to uppercase represented by 9) and "9" as either a antipodal lowercase "a" or an at assurance (@), both of which represent the letter A.

Extending the accessible alphabet to hexadecimal characters (generally accessible on lower-end accurate calculators, admitting not on basal models), "b" and "d" accord to "q" and "p" respectively. "F" transforms to either a "j" with a strike-through or a apparent but antipodal "t." A, C, and E do not transform readily to apparent letters. C transforms to a antipodal C, which is apparent and audible abundant to the point area it can be acclimated as C itself. E transforms to 3, which has little use, admitting it can be acclimated on an ad hoc base as a alongside M or W. Backward A has no apparent accord to any accepted Latin letter.

Using leet, added belletrist can be represented by combinations of belletrist (11/II or 2 ["Z" actuality actual attenuate in English] apery "two" or "to", 111/III apery "three", 15/SI, 935/SEa or 335/SEE for "C", etc.). This is about attenuate and, abnormally in the aftermost case (using a spelling-out of a letter) acutely banned readability.

Only assertive calculators are able of actuality acclimated for beghilos calculator spelling. LCD, VFD, LED, and Panaplex displays are best for spelling words. The adeptness of dot-matrix displays, fourteen-segment and sixteen-segment displays to cede best characters defeats the purpose of spelling with a bound alphabet.

If the calculator is instead rotated 90 degrees counterclockwise from cocked to actualize a vertical display, a different, but beneath useful, set of belletrist can be reproduced:

Digit: 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

Letter: O - N M J u b C oo a


Aside from change and amusement, calculator spelling has bound utility. Students, in particular, experimented with calculators to ascertain fresh words.


The 'original' attributed archetype of calculator spelling which dates from the 1970s,[1] is 5318008, which back angry over spells "BOOBIES". Added words accommodate "Boobless", "Boobs", "Shell", "Shelloil", "Hello", "Hell", "Eli", "Lei","LOOSE" and abounding others. An aboriginal archetype of calculator spelling offered the arrangement 0.7734 (when angry upside down, this becomes "hELLO").[2] Hip hop argot applications accommodate the arrangement 3722145 which spells "ShIZZLE". On assertive 12 chiffre calculators the cardinal 5304511351 spells "I SEll ShOES."

Accurate and programmer calculators

Scientific calculators that affection hexadecimal readout application the belletrist A through F action added flexibility. Application a accurate calculator with hex capability, the beforehand 'boobies' archetype can be bigger with the A–F keys to spell "B00B1E5", after defective to circle the affectation (a convenance accepted as hexspeak).

Students generally use this adequacy and the bigger "alpha" affection that use the belletrist "A" through "Z" to address messages, amid words by application the bare assurance ("-") or added punctuation. In the "B00B1E5" archetype above, for instance, a factorial artefact assurance ("!") can be added to actualize "B00B1E5!" Most of these calculators do not use seven-segment displays, instead application dot cast displays for greater versatility.

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Also the chat can be spelled with the afterward aggregate of (%)0).376006

Programmable devices

When accessed through programming, calculator spelling can accommodate a anatomy of textual acknowledgment in accessories with bound achievement ability. A programmer creates a added set of letters, which does not crave a clairvoyant to about-face the accessory upside-down.[2]

Added languages

Calculator spelling is additionally acclimated in added languages.

An archetype in Dutch is 707 + 707 = 1414. In calculator spelling this is LOL + LOL = hIhI. The chat LOL agency fun (in Dutch, it is additionally a Leet/SMS acronym for laughter) and hihi is the Dutch spelling for "heehee" (laughter).

In Italian, 0.7738135 (upside bottomward 'SEI BELLO'), agency 'you (masculine) attending nice'.

In Portuguese, 50135 ('SEIOS'), agency 'breasts', and is anon akin to the English "58008/BOOBS".

In Turkish, "1837837/LEBLEBI" acceptation 'roasted chickpeas' and "3732732/ZELZELE", acceptation 'earthquake' are accepted examples.

In German, accepted words in calculator spelling are 7353/ESEL, which translates to 'donkey', and the banned 7134.9315/SIEG hEIL.

In Spanish, entering 15 (upside down) or 51 (upside right) produces "SI," which translates in English to either "yes" or "if" depending on whether or not there is an absolute i. Another archetype is formed by autograph 50538 (upside-down "BESOS"), which agency "kisses". And 0.7715708 which produces "bolsillo" and translates in English to pocket.

A accepted archetype in Polish and several added Slavic languages is 71830 (upside-down "DEBIL"), acceptation "retard".

In French abacus one cardinal to the Polish archetype displays DEBILE (371830). "Débile" agency "dumb", or "stupid". 713705 displays "soleil" ("sun", in English)

Popular culture

In an adventure of the TV alternation Family Guy Glen Quagmire teaches Chris Griffin how to spell "BOOB" on a calculator, Chris Griffin again has an abstraction to put two calculators calm to accomplish them spell "BOOB" "BOOB" or to about resemble a brace of breast.

The Dutch bedrock bandage 35007's name comes from the calculator-spelling of the chat "Loose".

The Swedish abundant metal bandage Sabaton has a song blue-blooded "7734" on their anthology Metalizer.

In The Fairly OddParents TV cine School's Out! The Musical Flappy Bob types 07734 on the calculator during the song "Where is the Fun?", which back angry upside bottomward spells Hello.

In an adventure of the TV alternation SpongeBob SquarePants ("Goo Goo Gas"), the appearance Plankton tests a blueprint that turns annihilation it touches into a babyish stored in Karen, his computerized "wife." Back it works in axis her into a calculator, Plankton beseeches the accessory to "speak to me!" It responds in a calculator-spelling acknowledgment of 0.7734 (hELLO), causing him to assert "It worked!"

A bartering for Progressive auto allowance appearance the aggregation spokeswoman, Flo, accounting 0.7734 to spell "Hello" as a anatomy of "calculator humor."

In the Strong Bad Email "technology" on the accepted Homestar Runner website, Strong Bad types in 530453080 to his calculator. Back angry upside bottomward this reads "Oboe shoes"

The song Twilight Omens by Franz Ferdinand includes the lines, "I typed your cardinal into my calculator / Where it spelled a bedraggled chat / Back you about-face it upside down."

In the manga Rave Master, the appearance Elie thinks her name is "Elie" because she afield apprehend the boom on her arm (3173) upside-down.

The Nerdcore rapper MC Frontalot has a song blue-blooded 80085 (BOOBS) on the anthology Zero Day.

According to the 2010 adventure of The Simpsons advantaged Moe Letter Blues, the activated ball takes abode in ZIP Cipher 80085 because in calculator spelling, the ZIP cipher is BOOBS. The ZIP cipher could additionally be 60065 as "boobs".

In 1979 the Hollies appear an anthology advantaged 5317704 which is HOLLIES in upside bottomward calculator

In the computer bold Sam & Max, one adolescent appearance speculates that a aperture code's countersign ability be 5318008- (BOOBIES). After hours of problem-solving, you acquisition out that the countersign is absolutely that.

In Extras (TV series), Andy's abettor shows him, abundant to his axiomatic disinterest, that 58008 forms 'boobs'. His abettor after uses this 'trick' to get in with some of Andy's fans.

The 1991 adventure of I Love the '90s: Part Deux includes a articulation on beepers, which included assorted bodies discussing the use of calculator spelling to accelerate letters on what at the time was alone a numeric display.