Attentive readers will by now be familiar with l’ishing from our previous analysis (SpecGram CLXXIX.2, etc.). Though giving the impression of being parallel to French verlan, l’ishing interchanges words that can be made to align with one another. Earlier we have inspected dialects of l’ishing that are based on moving sounds or letters from one end of a word to the other. We have a short time ago stumbled upon another previously unknown dialect, called lusrveer, in which paired words are each the phonetic reversal of the other. For example, jerks and scourge can be pressed into service in lieu 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 generally cannot be concocted very quickly, so glossaries have been assembled for newcomers. However, words are not catalogued directly in the glossaries, only mnemonically merged definitions (MMDs). For example:
yanks an affliction (referring to jerks a scourge)
We have acquired another meager quantity of these lusrveer MMDs, and request your help in inferring 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 August 15, 2018, and you could win a prize. Some most likely correct answers and winners will be announced in the September issue.
Your dialect and/or transcription system may vary.
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Vincent Fish • Flore Picard • Hannah Roberts • Dan Sidorov
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