Lake Monomonac Mystery

A visitor to Omniglot sent me these images asking about these mysterious symbols which appear on a map of Lake Monomonac which was found in the attic of a house near the lake. Can any of you recognise and/or decipher them?

Mystery symbols

Mystery symbols

Mystery symbols

They look like some form of shorthand to me – possibly Gregg – but I can’t make any sense of them.

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7 Responses to Lake Monomonac Mystery

  1. joe mock says:

    Actually it looks like the shorthand that came before(?) Gregg – was it Pittman?

  2. N says:

    I thought Pitman too. The long wiggly line (about a third of the way across the first line of symbols) looks like it would be “mohnawmohnik”

  3. Declan says:

    It can’t really be Pitman. It’s too curvey, and all written on one line.

  4. joe mock says:

    Also Pitman distinguishes heavy and light strokes which doesn’t seem to be the case here. It’s not Gregg, though, I’m pretty sure of that.

  5. joe mock says:

    Actually now I look at it closely, it does seem to do light and heavy.

  6. Dennis King says:

    You might have a look at this site on Mi’kmaq Shorthand:

    http://www.flavinscorner.com/shorthand.htm

  7. b_jonas says:

    Doesn’t anyone else find it strange that the two lowercase letter “f”s in the English text don’t have a descender?