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Re: VMs: Repetitions (no 8.7k jpeg attached)

Well, as a native Chinese speaker, i feel compelled to burst your bubble :P

The character that appears 4 times and looks like a "Z" with a cap means "thereof" or "of". Of the two characters that appear thrice, the top one means "he/one who" and the bottom one means "not". 

So, the high density of "one who", "not" and "of" just reflects the high frequency end of Zipf's Law. The fact that they occur in such close proximity in such parallel constructs is because ancient Chinese sages (and fortune cookies) tend to spout wisdom like this:

"He who does not comprehend Chinese does not comprehend wisdom.
"He who does not comprehend Voynichese just publishes a random article in Scientific American.
"He who gets this cookie will find either the answer he seeks or the many flames he deserves."

Yang Yang, someone who really, really loves Rugg.

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-vms-list@xxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:owner-vms-list@xxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Jacques Guy
Sent: Sunday, September 26, 2004 9:36 AM
To: vms-list@xxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: VMs: Repetitions (8.7k jpeg attached)

Oh, yes, I know, posting binaries is frowned upon,
but this image is only 8,922 bytes.

Take a look. How's that for repetition?

What's your diagnosis? Have I gone to the
trouble of cutting and pasting Chinese
characters to produce Rugg-style gibberish?

Not really. Grab "The Works of Mencius"
by James Legge, Dover Books, 1970, 
ISBN 0-486-22590-9, Library of Congress
Catalog Number 78-115746. Got it?
Open it at page 357 and see. There are
more such repetitions on the same page.
And of the opposite page. And the
previous page. On every single page,
in fact.

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