I just received an email ending like this:


How to read the ?
Zero results on Google.

As for the meaning, is it equivalent to ?

  • you mean ~ <- this? I'm not sure what you are talking about, but if that's it, then it's like friendly please. よ is more less friendly but still friendly. – Hikari Iwasaki Jun 25 '11 at 0:18
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    is that a little square? – wallyqs Aug 18 '11 at 15:10
  • @wallyqs: No, no little squares. – Nicolas Raoul Aug 19 '11 at 1:18

It's mojibake, not a valid character. Looking at the character code I suppose it's this emoji sent from a mobile phone:



  • oh crap, that php library is awesome. Thanks for the link. – Jeshizaemon Jun 24 '11 at 16:11

The character you presented is U+E4FB. According to the Unicode standard, it is in the "private use area", which means a software or hardware vendor can define what the character means on their own system. Such a character has no universally accepted meaning.

Reference: Wikipedia - Mapping of Unicode characters - Private use characters

"The Basic Multilingual Plane includes a PUA in the range from U+E000 to U+F8FF (6,400)."

  • How are you guys reading the code points? – Louis Waweru Aug 18 '11 at 21:57
  • @Louis: i.imgur.com/HkcMA.png – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Aug 19 '11 at 3:59
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    @Ignacio, ohh, they are empty boxes on my version of Chrome. – Louis Waweru Aug 19 '11 at 4:20
  • If you're a programmer, you can use JavaScript to figure out the code point, i.e. by typing this into the address bar: javascript: "X".charCodeAt(0).toString(16) – Nayuki Aug 19 '11 at 4:37

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