I recently bought a copy of, "The Grand Inquisitor" and, after a few days, I noticed that the title of the book on front cover was written partially in cyrillic. Here is a photo of it. Does the cyrillic on the front mean anything or is it just for aesthetic purposes?


It means nothing. It just reads "The Grand Inquisitor" in English with a few Cyrillic letters thrown in to replace English letters that they look vaguely similar to. This is an example of Faux Cyrillic.

For what it's worth, these are the letters used:

д - used for the "a" in "grand", actually represents /d/

и - used for the "n" in "grand", actually represents /i/

б - used for the "d" in "grand", actually represents /b/

ф - used for the "q" in "inquisitor", actually represents /f/

  • "it" looks like "П"; "u" is "Ч". Nov 9 '15 at 18:26
  • Yeah... And "п" is "n", and "o" is "о". Nov 9 '15 at 21:50
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    "Faux Cyrillic". Didn't know it had a name. Always make me cringe. Nov 11 '15 at 9:20
  • This cover is annoying in so many ways. Feb 23 '16 at 2:31

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