Re: Ewellic

From: Doug Ewell (
Date: Wed Nov 12 2003 - 11:10:49 EST

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    Peter Kirk <peterkirk at qaya dot org> wrote:

    > But is this a cipher ("it was intended as a form of secret writing"),
    > or is it not ("because it was phonetic, I also found it useful for
    > showing the pronunciation of words and names with weird English
    > spellings")? Just to think about, no need for a renewed long
    > discussion!

    Well, at least you found a way to make it on-topic!

    I don't think the "secrecy" criterion is sufficient to qualify a writing
    system as a cipher (whether it is necessary is another question). Nüshü
    (sp?) was developed primarily for secrecy, if I'm not mistaken, and I
    doubt anyone would regard it as a cipher.

    -Doug Ewell
     Fullerton, California

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