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Re: Constructed Languages in History

From:Paul Bennett <paul.bennett@...>
Date:Thursday, October 7, 1999, 9:10
Boudewijn wrote:
On Wed, 6 Oct 1999, Paul Bennett wrote:
> > I have to be honest, and say that I've yet to see a magickal script that
> look _incredibly_ corny,
It of course terribly authentic, if a magickal script is tacky. I mean, I used to know an archeologist, and he showed me some twelfth or thirteenth century pottery he had found with inscriptions he couldn't make sense of - comb-like crosses, circles with dots and whatnot. I recognized them as the symbols and letters presented in the clavicula salomnis, as authentic as you can get, but they weren't any less tacky for being old ;-). <<<<<< Hmm, further reflection leads me to the conclusion that these conscripts (yikes, what a very misleading homograph!) were created under very different circumstances and with very different motives than "ordinary" conscripts. I'd guess it's likely that the inventors weren't familiar with (the workings of) any scripts that differed considerably from their own, and had a deliberate desire to create something that looked "foreign" or "exotic" without any real understanding of what "looking foreign" entailed. Also, there'd be a deliberate attempt at obfuscation, which (not just in magical scripts, there's plenty of codes that do it as well) leads to cruciform letters, small circles on the end of lines, and Zig-zag lines. I'm thinking of doing a hoax-magickal script, based on these principles. Stay tuned for more details. ************************************************************* This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If you have received this email in error please notify the sender. This footnote also confirms that this email message has been scanned for the presence of computer viruses. *************************************************************