I noticed this trend in some data I'm working with and am searching for an explanation.

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7 represents ħ (voiceless pharyngeal fricative). This is referred to as the Arabic Chat alphabet.


It is used for Arabic /ħ/ because "7" vaguely resembles the Arabic letter ح

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