18: Legend of Ziph

Language on the Map

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  • Word on the Map
  • Word on Wikipedia
  • “Self-Assembly of Polymer Brush-Functionalized Inorganic Nanoparticles: From Hairy Balls to Smart Molecular Mimics” (Matthew J. Moffitt, 2013) (DOI)
  • Statistics on the Word production in USA in 2017 by IDFA
  • US liquid gallon on Wikipedia

It’s All Greek to Me

  • NATO phonetic alphabet on Wikipedia
  • ‘Roger that’ on Wiktionary
  • “The Slang Dictionary, or the Vulgar Words” (John Camden Hotten, 1865) on Archive.org
  • Cant on Wikipedia
  • Gibberish on Wikipedia
  • ‘Marrowsky’ on Wiktionary
  • “School-life at Winchester College” (Robert Blachford Mansfield, 1866) on Archive.org
  • “Autobiographic Sketches” (Thomas De Quincey, 1853) on Archive.org

    The secret is this — (and the grandeur of simplicity at any rate it has) — repeat the vowel or diphthong of every syllable, prefixing to the vowel so repeated the letter G. Thus, for example: Shall we go away in an hour? Three hours we have already staid. This in Ziph becomes: Shagall wege gogo agaxoagay igin agan hougour? Threegee hougours wege hagave agalreageadygy stagaid.

  • John Wilkins on Wikipedia
  • “An Essay towards a Real Character and a Philosophical Language” (John Wilkins, 1668) on Archive.org
  • Constructed languages on Wikipedia
  • “Mercury, or, the Secret and Swift Messenger” (John Wilkins, 1694) on Archive.org
  • “The Analytical Language of John Wilkins” (Jorge Luis Borges, 1952) on Wikipedia

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