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This is what you get when you try to type in fancy characters like É or ó, and you get garbage instead. From the expression "letters not (what they should be)".

Called mojibake ("character change") in Japanese, krakozyabry ("childish scribbles") in Russian, and Buchstabensalat ("character salad") in German, among others.
The page was supposed to have Chinese on it, but all I saw as letter snot.
by jevanyn October 14, 2009