Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Jen's Favorite Words and other oddities

Jen likes words! 

Thanks ObFuSc8 for gathering this words below, they could be key words in ciphers. If you come across any other "favs" or unusual words or phrases, let us know in the comments. 


Double letters. Is this a cipher? 

vi - skullduggery - underhanded or unscrupulous behavior; trickery, Radio Straka show talked about trickery of characters in stories

 ix - Amanuensis - murderous Servian nationalist, also "Apis's Amanuenis" both words begin with a and end with s.

Dictionary definition of Amanuensis - "One employed to write from dictation or to copy manuscript"

p. 10 and margin notes (2x)  provisionally - subject to further confirmation, for the time being

p. 42, p. 57 marked/circled (2x) holystone - a piece of soft sandstone used for scouring the decks of ships

p. 69 (margin notes) - MacGuffin  - an object or device in a movie or a book that serves merely as a trigger for the plot

p. 88 - leptorrhine - having a thin nose

p. 164 gaffed - a stick with a hook, or a barbed spear, for landing large fish

p. 198 (bubbles glyph) - blackscabbards, common as two words black scabbard fish, The fish is known commonly as Black Scabbard in English or “Espada” in Portuguese. The correct common name in Portuguese is “Espada Preta” so as not to confuse with the “Espada Branca” (White Scabbard), which is also fished off Madeiran shores, albeit uncommon for this epipelagic species (fish that habitate closer to sea level) to be fished on a regular basis.

p. 367 - integrious  - Eric asks if it's a new fave and Jen replies that it makes her top ten.  misspelled on purpose to have double 'i"  - In Open Dictionary summated by Beau Hodson 11/2010 - an integrious man's values are congruent with and evident in his actions. Wiktionary: marked by integrity.  Some references to Oxford dictionary but Oxford says not so fast.. looks like it was removed and there are efforts to have it put back in...

p. 379 - Palimpsests x2 - a manuscript of piece of writing material on which the original writing has been effaced to make room for later writing but of which traces remain. Something reused or altered but still bearing visible traces of its earlier form. palin "again" + psestos "rubbed smooth"


p. 81 - "scratches his bald head self consciously.."  part of a line that Jen says she loves


  1. Not sure where you got that definition for amanuensis, but this is what it actually means: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amanuensis

    1. The definition comes from the list of Straka Candidates - There is some info on the Eotvos Wheel website

      I'll update the post with that link as well.

    2. To be clear, amanuensis isn't anyone's name. It's just a word describing somebody (like Apis's Doctor or Apis's Wife). So this is just referring to an unnamed somebody who either took dictation from Apis or transcribed documents for him. Also, I believe you meant Serbian, not Servian.


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