Old but great quote from Kieren McCarthy on the very strange world of IDNs, those “international” domains made up of characters not found in the typical “English” keyboard:
One of the things about researching IDNs is it makes you feel so uneducated….When you start looking at the issue at IDNs though, you realise that even your best languages skills often aren’t up to the job. I kinda like that. I love feeling stupid. Reminds you to keep learning and to never start believing you’re wise about anything, just slightly better informed than you were.
I totally agree. And I add, researching IDNs in *any* language other than the one or two you grew up with will show you quite clearly just how “clever” the domainer mind really is. We tend to take for granted how easily we “just know” that foldingchairs.com is worth more than foldingchair.com, and deckchair.com or patiochair.com are worth more than ChaiseLounge.com, yet that determination is actually non-trivial.
Hat-tip to successful domainers - you’re brilliant. And for the rest, there is still hope, right?