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Another explanation for dain daiin...
I'm not going to bore you with two pages of densely argued logic explaining
why I think the following (I'll leave that for another day), but here's my
latest prediction for what dain / daiin is.
"d<...>" means "copy the whole word <...> words back".
This is a form of data compression (to be more precise, it's the basis
behind the popular "Lempel-Ziv 77" algorithm): the offset field is normally
heavily biased towards low numbers (because locality of reference usually
==> locality of relevance).
In a text stream (as opposed to a data stream), "copy(-1)" would be very
very rare [ insert self-referential joke here :-) ], but "copy(-2)" and
"copy(-3)" would be very common indeed.
Then: "an" / "ain" / "aiin" would indeed be (as recently suggested)
hidden-in-plain-sight Roman numerals - after "d", they would be encoding
*negative word indices*.
OK, I admit that, as I work as a data compression consultant, there may be
an element of the "Golden Hammer" Antipattern at work here (ie, "when all
you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail"). But I still think
I've hit this particular nail on the head. :-)
Cheers, .....Nick Pelling.....