Monday, January 13, 2014

Typewriters telling tales

At The Urban Legend Institute, WordPlay Cincy's store,
I've added a couple of refurbished typewriters, complete with urban legends
that may or may not be true ... 










10 comments:

  1. Rhett, the Royal KH, looks amazingly clean and slick! Whoever gets to own it is lucky.

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  2. The Underwood is a pearl. Does Rhett get to write, "Frankly, my dear ..."?

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  3. I take it that the Royal has come to 'Kleen zie pooooool'. (cue funky music).
    Mmmm.... Rhett Royal is indeed a great porn name, to go with that mo.

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  4. ..... Not that I would ever watch such stuff.

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  5. The Underwood serves beautifully in illustrating what a drop-dead gorgeous typewriter the Royal is - from any angle. Fiction both. The alphabet they use in Russia is called Cyrillic - but you knew that :-)

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    1. Yes, I'm afraid Pearl is a bit of an ugly duckling.

      Her story is true, though.

      The Greek letters that Pearl (and any Roman-alphabet typewriter) can write are:
      ETYIOPAHKZXBNM
      (Transliterated back into Roman, that's etyioraēkzchbnm)

      The Russian letters that Pearl can write are:
      ETOPAHKXCBM
      (Transliterated back into Roman, that's etorankkhsvm)

      There are different variants of Cyrillic; I specified Russian because Ukrainian Cyrillic includes the letter I, while Russian does not.

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    2. Now I want to know how many Greek and Russian words can be crafted with the letters on a standard Roman alphabet typewriter.

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    3. Good question. My Russian is basically nonexistent. I know some Greek and can see that some words can be formed, for instance NIKH = nikē = victory, or MANIA = mania = madness.

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