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Steve Ekwall's ES & 8am...
- To: voynich@xxxxxxxx
- Subject: Steve Ekwall's ES & 8am...
- From: Nick Pelling <incoming@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 05 Dec 2001 10:15:40 +0000
- In-reply-to: <Pine.LNX.firstname.lastname@example.org>
A quick thought: here's one possibility for what Steve's ES meant when
saying that 8am meant "back two and splice" - it may be no more than a
simple way of hiding doubled letters.
--> LING PEL 8am (ie, "back two and splice")
This could also be applied to numbers (however they're actually encoded):-
--> 0 10 8am
Or, it could be used as a way of obfuscating otherwise common strings:-
--> SPEARE SHAKE 8am
or PEARE SHAKES 8am
or EARE SHAKESP 8am (etc)
Finally, if true, it would seem likely that there would be a few rare
situations where you would need to do a couple of 8am splices consecutively
in order to avoid doubled letters - ie, z y x 8am 8am - which is a
phenomenon that does occur in the VMS, but might otherwise be difficult to
OK, it has a bit of an ixnay pig latin feel to it: but if our contextual
dating of 1450-1480 is even moderately accurate, I think we're more likely
to find many simple codes joined deviously than one humungously complex
code that's born 100+ years premature. :-)
Cheers, .....Nick Pelling.....
PS: I haven't tested this even slightly, I thought I'd post the idea while
it was fresh. :-)