Oh may I always live in a world where someone has deciphered the Voynich manuscript every 3-6 months.
This one is delightfully bonkers: "Although the purpose and meaning of the manuscript had eluded scholars for over a century, it took Research Associate Dr. Gerard Cheshire two weeks, using a combination of lateral thinking and ingenuity, to identify the language and writing system of the famously inscrutable document."
Only a mixture of lateral thinking and ingenuity! TWO WEEKS!
brb I'm gonna lie in bed and eat cheese and read all the takedowns of the latest Voynich manuscript guy.
@hollyamory That was my favourite part.
I'm just calling out "two weeks of lateral thinking and ingenuity" to Spouse at random times now, and I can't stop giggling every time I do. :)
I appreciated the ciphermysteries post's discussion of what's needed for a successful Voynich decipherment and how to assess them. I didn't appreciate its dismissal of historical linguistics as a field.
Yes I was surprised at what a harsh turn it took on an unexpected target there at the end!
@hollyamory this sounds like one of Karen's podcasts
That's exactly it: this is the linguistics version of a Goop podcast.
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