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posted by LaminatorX on Thursday February 20 2014, @01:25AM   Printer-friendly
from the somebody-call-in-Enoch-Root dept.

Thexalon writes:

"University of Bedfordshire professor and applied linguist Stephen Bax has decoded 10 words of the baffling Voynich Manuscript. He focused on proper names that would match the accompanying drawings, which allowed him to find similar drawings in other books of the period."

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  • (Score: 1) by zafiro17 on Thursday February 20 2014, @09:31AM

    by zafiro17 (234) on Thursday February 20 2014, @09:31AM (#3290) Homepage

    I'd forgotten about that XKCD - it's a good one. That guy is a genius.

    On topic, I agree with the poster who said that ten words only, on the basis of guessing, isn't very impressive. Does anyone know if J.R.R. Tolkien ever had a look at this? His linguistic background and penchant for developing new languages from thin air might have been useful. It's not impossible that the original author wasn't just a similar kind of guy - rich artisan with free time and an interest in languages. He gets out some parchment and just starts inventing something, illustrates it for fun, and then it takes on a life of its own. Lewis Carroll, same kind of thing. "Worbly went the Vorblesneetches" or however that old, clever verse goes. (does anyone know what I'm talking about? Would love to find it.)

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  • (Score: 2, Informative) by KritonK on Thursday February 20 2014, @10:55AM

    by KritonK (465) on Thursday February 20 2014, @10:55AM (#3330)
    Are you referring to the Bandersnatch []?