It took me a long time to figure out the first syllable is actually 우, for me it looked like ㅁㄱ although that would not be a real syllable, and neither would be ㅇㄱ.
It's not ambiguous but still confusing, are there more of these stylizations of hangul that are confusing for newbies?

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    Google 한글 서예 (서예 means calligraphy) and 손글씨 (handwriting) to see how they write Korean letters. On YouTube, you can find videos like this.
    – Klmo
    May 14, 2021 at 1:24
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    One trick to beginning to recognize these is to try writing Korean semi-cursively. The up-down strokes that make up ㅜ can easily start to look like ㄱ.
    – Okoyos
    May 17, 2021 at 0:05

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Here's more:

  1. Analogously, ㅗ might look like ㄴ.
  2. ㅔ might look like 기. Some might even write ㅓ like ㄱ.
  3. ㅐ might look like ɥ(Latin "h", rotated). ㄴ for ㅏ as well.
  4. ㄷ might look like Japanese て.
  5. ㄹ might look like Latin "z".
  6. ㅁ might look like "12".
  7. ㅂ might look like Latin "Id". That's where the famous "IdH" comes from.
  8. ㅌ might look like ㄷ with an overline.


I just brought a random picture from the results on Google when I searched for "글씨체 엉망"("handwriting terrible"). Apologies for the one who wrote this, but I feel like this explains most of the things you might want to be aware of.


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