Peperklips is the creation of Maestraccio Bart Thomasse.
He developed it as an alternative, semi-phonetic alphabet for Dutch,
because he believes that the Latin alphabet is not the best way to write
the Dutch language. The shapes of the letters are based on paperclips,
as the name of the alphabet suggests.
- Peperklips consists of 46 letters, 10 numerals and various
punctuation marks. Only the letters differ from the Latin alphabet.
- Peperklips letters combine together to form consonant-vowel pairs with
the vowels going above the consonants that preceed them.
- When vowels appear at the beginning of a word or on their own, they
are written with separate letters.
- There are primary letters, each of which has a different shape, and
variations on those letters, which have similiar sounds to the primary
Sample text in Peperklips
Alle mensen worden vrij en gelijk in waardigheid en rechten geboren.
Zij zijn begiftigd met verstand en geweten, en behoren zich jegens elkander
in een geest van broederschap te gedragen.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They
are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another
in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
Download a font for Peperklips (TrueType 144K)
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