Archive for the Category: Writing

Musket inscription puzzle

Here is a mysterious inscription on a musket that was posted on the Omniglot fan club recently: See a larger version of this image. The person who sent this in the asked me to post the image here with this analysis from Christopher Ray Miller: I think this is more likely in the Kaithi script, […]

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Vrbnik inscription

Here’s a photo on an inscription sent in by a visitor to Omniglot. It comes Vrbnik, a village on Krk, an island off Croatia. See a larger version of the image. The alphabet is Glagolitic. Does anyone know what the language is and what it says?

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The Written World

There’s an interesting series on BBC Radio 4 this week which focuses on the written word and how it has shaped our intellectual history. It’s part of Melvyn Bragg’s In Our Time series, and the first programme, broadcast this morning, looks at the early history of writing.

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Runic puzzle

This photo was sent in by a visitor to Omniglot who would like to know if anyone can identify the alphabet and decipher the inscription. He thinks is looks like Younger Futhork. [Addendum] Here’s another image showing the inscriptions on both sides of the bar: Click here to see a larger version.

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Txtng n N’ko

There’s an interesting article in the New York Times about how it is now possible to send text messages and emails in N’Ko, an alphabet invented in 1949 to write Mande languages of Guinea, Mali and Ivory Coast. Thanks to various iPhone apps and other software use of this alphabet is increasing. It also helps […]

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Message in a bottle

This puzzle was sent in by a visitor to Omniglot who found this piece of paper in a bottle off the coast of Oregon in 1963. It has been suggested that the writing system might be Yi. Can you make any sense of it? NB: I don’t know which way up it should be.

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Arabic puzzles

These images was sent in by a visitor to Omniglot who would like to know what they mean. Can you help?

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Brooch puzzle

This photo of a brooch was sent in by a visitor to Omniglot who believes that the parts under the birds might be writing – possibly Hebrew. Can anyone make sense of it?

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Puzzle

Can anybody identify and/or translate the mysterious inscription below: There are more details at the Puzzle Museum.

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Puzzle

Can anyone decipher the writing below? It was sent in by a visitor to Omniglot and looks like the Arabic script to me.

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