Screenshot of installed Korean fonts in a Mac UI

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Installed Korean fonts in Apple Font Book all have "동" where in English we would have "Aa"—why? And is the meaning here "east" or something else?

  • just looks like a random placeholder graphic for preview
    – user17915
    May 9, 2023 at 2:55
  • Sure but why ‘동‘? Someone landed on that for some reason May 9, 2023 at 4:27
  • Might be the first character of a random sentence beginning with “동쪽 …,” or likely, the national anthem “동해 물과 백두산이…,” which is common practice in Korean font-making. May 9, 2023 at 11:55

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Probably because the first example texts in Korean fonts are the Korean national anthem, which starts with:
동해 물과 백두산이 마르고 닳도록

The first letter '동' is shown in icon.

  • "Probably because the first example texts in Korean fonts are the Korean national anthem" Do you have any source for this claim?
    – user17915
    May 9, 2023 at 8:49
  • I second this. The first few lines of the Korean national anthem is the Korean “Lorem ipsum.” There isn’t any official source for this. There cannot be, because it’s observation of the common practice. May 9, 2023 at 11:47
  • @КонстантинВан then are there any links to pictures or screenshots showing this?
    – user17915
    May 10, 2023 at 1:34
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    @user17915 Search result for 'Mac Korean font' in Google image search yields several examples. I brought the link of first result. discussion.enpass.io/uploads/monthly_2021_01/…
    – Bihrang
    May 10, 2023 at 9:30
  • Is this trend mostly in mac computers or something?
    – user17915
    May 10, 2023 at 10:47

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