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Re: VMs: Spending lots of money...

Hi Elmar,

> substitution ciphers replace letters with one or more (typically imaginary)
> ones. Nomenclators form a kind of hinterland between the two (ie "replace a
> word with an imaginary letter").

"Hinterland"...? I sense we're getting OT here again, but wouldn't that be the
rear, the "outback" of someplace? I feel you're meaning more like "no man's
land", right?

You're right, "hinterland" didn't quite hit the spot: "no mans land" is a little better, but I'm still not completely happy with it. Then again, "badlands" doesn't work either: and "Debatable lands" (the area between England and Scotland where the term "blackmail" originated, circa 1500-1600) seems inaccurate as well (though picturesque).

FWIW, I had a cartographic "here be dragons" kind of idea in mind, but couldn't find a good way of saying it. :-)

Cheers, ....Nick Pelling....

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