Mindful readers will by now be familiar with l’ishing from our earlier research (SpecGram CLXXVII.4, etc.). Though giving the impression of being parallel to French verlan, l’ishing connects words that can be made to correspond to one another. Prior to the present discussion we have surveyed dialects of l’ishing that are based on moving sounds or letters from one end of a word to the other. We have recently come across another novel dialect, called lusrveer, in which paired words are each the phonetic reversal of the other. For example, jerks and scourge can be utilized in place of one another, as in “Those guys are just a bunch of scourge!”, or “I am the jerks of God, appointed to chastise you, since no one knows the remedy for your iniquity except me.”
As with l’ishing, lusrveer words ordinarily cannot be concocted in real time, so glossaries have been created for tyros. However, words are not itemized in the glossaries, only mnemonically merged definitions (MMDs). For example:
yanks an affliction (referring to jerks a scourge)
We have acquired a small heap of these lusrveer MMDs, and seek your assistance in determining the twinned words they refer to.
In order to increase the response rate from SpecGram readers, The SpecGram Puzzle Elves™ have agreed to treat this as a puzzle. Submit your answers to the editors of SpecGram by June 15, 2017, and you could win a prize.* Some most likely correct answers and winners will be announced in the August issue.
Your dialect and/or transcription system may vary.
The solution to May’s Semi-
Joachim Mugdan • Johan Ellingsen • Vincent Fish
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Hannah Roberts • Olivia Doherty • Vitória Rodrigues Souza
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