Type Backwards with Combining Cyrillic Millions Sign U+0489

What happens when you paste the Combining Cyrillic Millions Sign, a Unicode Character labeled U+0489 and start typing – a strange phenomenon happens and you start typing all words backwords.

Once I spotted this tip, I could not stop having fun with it. It was even more amazing than writing Flipped text like this – ʇxǝʇ pǝddılɟ

The Cyrillic block In Unicode extends from U+0400 to U+052F. The characters in the range U+0460 – U+0489 are historic letters not used now. However, Combining Cyrillic Millions Sign seems to contain hidden control characters next to it that force change of text directionality. Of course there are many Unicode control characters that help in bidirectional text control (override to flow from right-to-left as in Arabic)

‫‬‭‮‪‫‬‭‮҉PThis is a funny symbol

This the funny symbol

‫‬‭‮‪‫‬‫‬‭‮‪‫‬‭‮҉PQuick Online Tips

Quick Online Tips

Simply COPY the Combining Cyrillic Millions Sign above and PASTE in any text form (try our comment form below and post what you get!), then start typing and see how your text magically starts typing backwards.

21 comments on “Type Backwards with Combining Cyrillic Millions Sign U+0489

  1. Tim Houghton says:

    Interesting :) On a Mac it displays backwards in Firefox but forwards in Safari.

  2. Going Like Sixty says:

    It’s the goofy symbol not the +U0489
    Might help to make that clearer.

    ?Does it work.

  3. Going Like Sixty says:

    WordPress doesn’t recognize the symbol. Darn.

  4. Brian C. says:

    U+0489 Cool post. Thanks for the info!

  5. QuickOnlineTips says:

    I found that the browser needs to have character encoding set to unicode for this to work. Works well for me in Firefox, but not in IE7.

  6. angelstar says:

    wait, how do you work it?
    okay, so i paste:

    U+0489and this is supposed to be backwards? or what do i do?

  7. janus zeal says:

    ?This is pretty cool lol.
    I don’t think it’s working in Safari though. :(?

  8. Pyro789x says:

    Actually, you’re very wrong. The magic is in the 10 characters that you don’t see, before the combining cyrillic millions sign. Don’t believe me? I have now pasted these 10 characters below an exclamation mark. The exclamation mark below is now endowed with the same magical propeties. (To see the 10 symbols, try pasting it into a .txt file)

  9. Pyro789x says:

    One further thing. Websites aren’t designed with these 10 characters in mind; you can make a lot of websites look very strange by pasting it into certain search fields (like wikipedia, for example)

  10. QuickOnlineTips says:

    Adolf – At comment 25 you even managed to get it in your comments. Your name, date and links are all reversed. Wow!

  11. Michel says:


  12. JJJ says:

    U+0489im not sure if this works..

  13. joe says:

    U+0489Is it working?

  14. jenny says:

    U+0489 hi so how does it work

  15. laggmonkey says:

    U+0489 is there a way to get this to work on msn in your display name

  16. Mishkat says:

    but it doesnt work in MS Word?

  17. Steve says:

    ?Strangely, it doesn’t seem to work as well on Firefox 3

  18. BlahBlah says:

    ?It’s not working for me =/ can some please help me? Is it because I’m using Windows or something?

  19. vik407 says:

    it works!

    don’t select the text moving the cursor, only put the mouse over it and select it by pressing double click, now past it and presto!

  20. Breezy says:

    I actually need to find out how to do this for transfer paper…U+0489

  21. June S says:

    Brent it is getting difficult to creatively leave you feedback

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