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From the Archives!Dooms/Punod Manuscript Photo

The SpecGram Archive Elves™

As previously reported, our very own Butch McBastard unearthed a satchel of papers and other miscellanea labeled, “Top Secret SpecGram Time Capsule, 1964Do Not Open for 50 Years!” The intermittent wrangling with the SpecGram legal team over potential incriminating evidence proprietary information continues, but we are again able to share with our readers some of the treasures found within the satchel.

Here is a scan of the twentieth archival item, which is itself a photo of the infamous Dooms/Punod Manuscript, marked up with annotations made by a now-anonymous annotator.

marked up photo of the Dooms/Punod manuscript

Of note, the annotator has underlined in red the generally agreed-upon “cognates”, sɯıʍs, ʍoɯ, ploɯ, ɯoɯ, pıp, looʍ, and dollop, along with the generally agreed-upon false cognate, suʍo, the eponymous dooʍs and punod (the latter in a somewhat [+squiggly] fashion, in contrast to the rest), and, surprisingly, ƃop.

Also, the annotator or annotators have crossed out, in black ink, a number of words: ʎɐɹʇs, ssɐɹƃ, and ʇnɐɹʞ. All three have the sequence “ɐɹ” in them, but ıɯɐɹʇsɐd, which also contains “ɐɹ”, was left untouched. In green, the annotator(s) have re-dotted all of the dotless ı’s in the manuscript, to what purpose no one has been able to divine. In blue, ɹoɟ (twice), ɯoɹɟ, and oɥʍ have been underlined (all [+squiggly]). And finally, slǝƃɐq has been outlined in a black box.

None of the annotations are familiar to any of the Annotation Interns at the SpecGram officesdespite several memory-enhancing floggings administered to themso any insight from our readers would be greatly appreciated.

More to come...

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Boundless Things You Didn’t Know You Didn’t KnowMadalena Cruz-Ferreira
SpecGram Vol CLXXIII, No 4 Contents