This piece of writing was sent in by a visitor to Omniglot. Can anybody identify the script and/or decipher it?

Mystery piece of writing

It looks a bit like cursive Hebrew to me.

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8 Responses to Puzzle

  1. Kellen says:

    The burned edges look intentional. That plus the double strikes and irregularity of characters makes me think it’s a conlang or someone’s art project.

  2. Siäch says:

    Looks like Elian Script.

    hre ezerfo

    Could be interpreted as:
    “You can find two five nine ate(eight?) seven three zer[o] four to go now”

  3. TJ says:

    I agree with Kellen.
    doesn’t look like Hebrew to me. Could be however a cipher for some real lang or a con-script.

  4. Benjameno says:

    No, I believe it could be the Elian script, or ‘conceptual calligraphy’- an invented alphabet ironically featured on Omniglot (http://www.omniglot.com/writing/elianscript.htm), which exaggerates the features of the Pigpen cipher to make them appear like unrelated symbols.

    I don’t have time to decipher the message, however.

  5. Yenlit says:

    I agree that it looks like some conlang folly and the charred edges do seem intentional.
    Simon – I’m sure you are aware seeing as this is your website that you’ve added the comical ‘My hovercraft is full of eels’ Welsh translation (mae fy hofrenfad yn llawn llyswennod) to the “one language is never enough” legend at the top of this page minus its multilingual counterpart – is there any reason for this?

  6. Simon says:

    Yenlit – there’s no particular reason why I used the Welsh version of the hovercraft phrase in the header – I just wasn’t paying sufficient attention when I changed it.

  7. TJ says:

    Now that’s interesting…. I didn’t know much about this Elian script just now hmmm

  8. Daniel says:

    I can only say it’s definitely not Hebrew. No Hebrew script looks like this.

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