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cheshiredave's picture

Winner!

Isaac's picture

http://www.thirstype.com/playground_big3.html

it's #1. and sorry everyone for being so obtuse.
it's just... well, i wanted to impress you so much... (sob)

kentlew's picture

>I guess just ask him why it says "The font Universal was originally known as Zocalo. Zocalo

John Hudson's picture

Dana Dahlquist, having displayed remarkable, cryptic-crossword-solving lateral thinking, has now failed to post a question within the required 12 hour period. So I hereby invoke rule No.15 and pose the new question myself.

NEW QUESTION:

The Psalter was one of the most frequently printed books in the early centuries of printing, with numerous editions being published in Hebrew, Greek and Latin. In what script and in what language was the first non-Hebrew/Greek/Latin edition printed, and in what year?

matha_standun's picture

I have a feeling there was a Gaelic Psalter printed in the 16th century. I'm looking for a reference.

Matha

matha_standun's picture

Would it be Aibidil Gaoidheilge agus Caiticiosma printed in 1571 using the typeface commissioned by Queen Elizabeth I ?

Matha

matha_standun's picture

Not that I was guessing or anything but I declare myself to be wrong and put forward the following instead:

Arabic
1516

(Genoa polyglot Psalter)

Miss Tiffany's picture

Yes. I don't *think* I was wrong either. ;) But I have to say this jives with my *latest* findings as well.

matteson's picture

The Genoa Psalter was printed in 1516 by Pier Paolo Porro. It was a polyglot edition and covered (as well as Hebrew, Latin, Greek) Arabic and Aramaic (or Syriac).

There's also an Ethiopic version from the fifteenth century, but I guess that doesn't count since it's not printed.

matteson's picture

Poop. Too late, I see.

matha_standun's picture

Nathan, go and look at the pink site again. You'll feel better.

http://www.vorticism.co.uk/

m.

PS I'm not sure we're right. I think John is looking for a single language edition.

matteson's picture

Christ, I couldn't resist the day-glo vortex. Now my eyesockets are just blackened craters and I'll never figure this quiz out....

matha_standun's picture

That's one out of the way. Hey everybody, check out the pink site!

matteson's picture

Actually I just found another Ethiopic Psalter that is printed.

Psalterium David et Cantica aliqua 1513

matha_standun's picture

I think you've got it, Nathan. The vortex obviously isn't working anymore.

Matha

matteson's picture

Yeah, the vortex is losing it's power, but if you really want to watch someone's brain melt, have them look at this. Keep your eyes on the monkey.

hrant's picture

I'm surprised they kept the text block in front... :-/

hhp

matha_standun's picture

It certainly is a unique gift shop. I dare someone to drop in and sample the atmosphere.

That's the funniest thing I've seen for ages. They deserve a prize for that

Matha

John Hudson's picture

(ALMOST) A WINNER:

Nathan has half of it. The first non-Hebrew/Greek/Latin Psalter was indeed the Psalterium David et Cantica aliqua, printed by Marcellus Silber from Regensburg for Johannes Potken in 1513.

I also asked in what language the edition was printed: the script is generally known as Ethiopic, but this term is not really accurate for the language. I hereby declare Nathan the winner for his correct identification of the edition and script, but he's not allowed to post a question until someone (anyone) correctly identifies the language (I'll accept any of three possible spellings).

Here, is an image of the Psalterium David et Cantica aliqua.

hrant's picture

The script is Ge'ez.

hhp

matteson's picture

You mean Ge'ez as in "Geez, how in hell do you people know all this?" ;-)

matha_standun's picture

Oromigna

matteson's picture

After some quick research, seems like Ge'ez would make sense, but I'm gonna fire off Amharic since it seems to be the dominant language.

John Hudson's picture

Ge'ez is correct. Note that the ' is properly a reversed (mirrored) apostrophe or left half ring signifying a voiced pharyngeal fricative.

Ge'ez is the ancient language in which the scriptures of the Ethiopic Orthodox Church are written. Amharic is the majority language spoken in modern Ethiopia, it is descended from Ge'ez but quite different from it.

Take it away Nathan...

hrant's picture

Now, now - Rule #4.
The laws is the laws.

hhp

matteson's picture

Good point Hrant. It's gonna take me a few minutes to come up with something even reasonably worthy of this erudite group anyway.

Incidentally, I'll post it (provided the provisions of Rule 4 don't knock me out) before I leave school tonight, but I don't have an internet connection at home. So I'll be back online tomorrow morning before I teach. Sorry if this poses an undue wait for a ruling...

John Hudson's picture

Don't go citing rules at the quizmaster, Hrant. Rule 4 clearly states that the winner must wait one hour, during which time the answer may be challenged, from the time that he or she is declared the winner. I declared Nathan the winner at 1:08 pm. The additional requirement that someone had to provide the correct term for the language of the Ge'ez Psalter was a post-declaro application of Johannine privilege. So there!

hrant's picture

I stopped seeing Joanna years ago. She had a messy Oedipus thing going on.

hhp

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