10 Words in Mysterious Voynich Manuscript Decoded
A researcher claims he’s decoded 10 possible words in the famously unreadable Voynich manuscript, which has eluded interpretation for a century.
The book’s 250 vellum pages are filled with writings in an unknown alphabet and elaborate drawings depicting a range of subjects from female nudes to medicinal herbs to Zodiac symbols. The medieval text was discovered by an antique book dealer in 1912, and it has been rather stingy in giving up its secrets ever since.
Now Stephen Bax, a professor of applied linguistics at the University of Bedfordshire in England, says he’s deciphered 14 characters of the script and can read a handful of items in the Voynich text, such as the words for coriander, hellebore and juniper next to drawings of the plants. Read more.
if this is actually true, it’s pretty exciting. but i’ll reserve judgement until i’ve seen other codebreakers/linguists go over his work. it seems unlikely that people haven’t tried this strategy before (ie translating words that appear to be labelling recogniseable objects in the text.) his translation video is 47 minutes long so i don’t rly want to go over it on my overpriced dongle internet connection right now, but it will be interesting to hear if his translations do actually stand up to scrutiny.
I JUST REALIZED THAT THE PLURAL OF BEEF IS BEEVES
LOOK AT THIS
WAS I THE ONLY ONE WHO DIDNT KNOW ABOUT BEEVES
i just told my roommate this and he just got up and left the apartment, and didn’t come back right away so i went outside and he was just
that is the face of a broken man
this is by far the best comment anyone has added to my text post
im really pissed that palindrome isnt palindrome backwards
Ah, yes but emordnilap is a word!
An emornilap is any word that, when spelled backwards, produces another word. Examples of emordnilap pairs include:
- desserts & stressed
- drawer & reward
- gateman & nametag
- time & emit
- laced & decal
- regal & lager
And therefore “emordnilap palindrome” is an emordnilap palindrome.
Which I, for one, think is really frickin’ cool.
bourbonandblackmagic asked: Hey, is there a word to describe a word you've only ever seen written, but have never heard spoken? Like I thought macabre was MACKabray for the longest time, but then I heard someone say it and was like whaaaaaat. I figured you'd be a good person to ask.
there probably is a word for it, but idk what that word actually is. i’m terrible at pronouncing words though, cuz i was a total bookworm as a kid and developed a large written vocabulary of words that i’ve never heard IRL.
Anonymous asked: If you could spontaneously learn 3 accents/languages (fictional, dead, dialect, whatever) what would they be?
i’d go for dead/untranslated languages because it’d be the most useful to the world. so: Linear A, the Indus Valley script, and maybe Rongorongo? Realistically, Rongorongo (the writing found on Easter Island) is the least likely to be translated, ever. But I have more personal interest in Linear A or Indus Valley — plus those would be more useful from an archaeology/anthropology perspective, i think.
given the spontaneous ability to learn a language, those would be the best choices because technically, i could already teach myself any language that is currently spoken/written in the real world. although i guess from a personal perspective it would be more “useful” to learn chinese or japanese or spanish or something.
edited to add: i’ve changed my mind, i want to swap out Rongorongo for the Vinca symbols. i realise this makes me kinda Eurocentric, but Vinca would probably be more useful to linguists than Rongorongo in the long run.