Baseball is distinct from other sports because of its language that is hidden. It is a silent system of instructions passed between catcher, pitcher players, and coaches during a game. These instructions that are not spoken gives the game its personality and awe.
Magic trick marked cards hide marking systems in the card back design, which cannot be observed by naked eyes. They need special contact lenses or glasses to be read.
Polari, a coded language which allowed gay men to talk about sexual sex without fear of being prosecuted was an important part of underground queer cultures. It was funny, sexy and fun. It allowed queer Brits communicate despite prohibition. It was also a way of self-definition, an attempt to establish an identity that was distinct in the context of oppressive norms.
Paul Baker, a professor of English at Lancaster University who has written books on Polari and the language, says it was popularized by the 1960s BBC radio show Round the Horne. It featured two implied gay characters named Julian and Sandy who frequently used Polari terms. The mainstreaming of the language diluted its value and when homosexuality became legally recognized in 1967, the language fell out of use.
The word polari represents a unique mixture of elements from subculture dialects. It employs English (including backwards and rhyming Slang), Latin, as well Romani circus slang, circus slang, and Yiddish. Parlare is its closest linguistic cousin that was spoken by fairground performers. It is still heard in the work of artists like Jon Pertwee.
Dolan, Dolan, a Ph.D. in lexicography, who has written two academic books on the subject and is a Lexographer. Fantabulosa, A Dictionary of Polari & Gay Slang is a tongue in cheek celebration of the language. It even contains the Wolfenden Report, the influential document that recommended the criminalisation of homosexual activities, into Polari.
When the gay rights movement grew in popularity in the 1980s, a lot of people viewed Polari as a vulgar byproduct of a more repressive time and decided to move away from its snobbery about being a campy. However there are a group of women who are known as the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence continue to utilize Polari in their ceremonies.
Polari is also used in mainstream media such as films and television. The actors in the popular show Dame Edna Everage have been known to say things like “Naff off” in response to questions from journalists while Princess Anne famously told paparazzi to “naff off’ when she was photographed falling off her horse. It was also used in a drawing Dolan made for the Houses of Parliament, where he translated portions of the Wolfenden Report into Polari.
In the 1930s and 40s, an assemblage of Chinese women devised their own secret writing system known as Nushu. It was a way to speak in private without being afraid of men reading or punishing women in a society that did not allow female education or social advancement.
The script was used to create stories about their personal lives and the lives of their families, which included personal and private issues such as abuse or rape lonely, arranged marriages, death, etc. They used to relate their experiences and their families. This included personal and private concerns like rape loneliness, abuse and weddings arranged by death. In this way, they created a safe space to talk about their emotions with one another and to find comfort and support, much like women in modern day consciousness-raising groups or book clubs do today.
Nushu is a language which has been spoken for hundreds of thousands of years. However it was not widely known outside Japan until the year 1980 when a conductor on a train found a piece written in a code that he could not understand. He took the paper home and presented it to his wife, who recognized the language as Nushu.
It was a syllabic alphabet, with each character representing a distinct sound in the dialect. The elongated spidery lines and its rhomboid-like form distinguished it from the typical Chinese characters which are block-like and square in appearance. It was described locally as “mosquito writing,” and Silber thinks it’s akin to the marks left by the legs of mosquitoes.
It was difficult to master despite its beauty. Only a few people were able to master it, and the last Nushu writer died in 2004. The rise of women’s right in China as well as the improved accessibility to education and jobs made the nushu writing system obsolete.
Although some individuals still use Nushu, they’re mostly formal students of linguistics or anthropology. With an aging population, it looks like the future is grim for those who practice this delicate and beautiful art. He Jinghua, however is determined to protect it for her children as well as the future generations.
Thieves Cant Also known as rogues’ language is a shady method for criminals to communicate without being detected. It is a mixture of code, dialect and jargon that can be used to hide messages in seemingly innocent conversations. It also uses hand gestures to transmit important messages. It can even be written. It is referred to as a “cryptolect” because it was designed to restrict certain groups or confuse them. It is similar to Polari – a cryptolect spoken by gay Britons or Boontling which is a dialect that is still being spoken in Boonville.
You can use it to reveal your character’s criminal past or to create exciting moments where secrets are shared among allies without anyone else being aware. You can use it to create exciting moments when secrets are shared between friends without anyone noticing. You should only use it sparingly as it takes four time longer to speak in thieves’ dialect than to speak plainly.
It can be a challenge to master. Like all languages it requires patience and commitment to master. But, it’s well worth the effort, especially for those who want to immerse yourself in the seedy underworld of your favorite tabletop role-playing game.
In the D&D world, rogues can be able to access the language of thieves at the beginning. It’s a great way to show your eccentricity and break from convention. You can also make a background with thieves’ cant or get it through roleplaying.
While it’s not as thrilling as sneak attack or spellcasting, gaining thieves’ cant is a great option to add flavor and excitement to your game. If you have multiclasses, this language will be part of the skill set for your new character.
The criminals in D&D employ thieves cant to transmit information and coordinate with one another. This is a unique language that is a spoken cipher that employs inflections and innuendos to communicate hidden meanings. It’s not as sophisticated as the Emoji language used by the Bene Gesserit sisterhood, but it does have its own unique charm.
Polynesians are an indigenous group living on a string of islands that extend from New Zealand to Hawaii in the Pacific Ocean. These islanders have a fascinating tale of sea voyaging as well as wayfinding, allowing them to travel from one island to another. They have a rich body of folklore telling tales of their epic voyages as well as how they settled the different islands of the Pacific.
In the years between the two World Wars, anthropologists of the professional field began to seriously study the Polynesians. They tried to shed light on their origins. They were unable to pinpoint their exact home of the Polynesians or explain how they were able to travel such distances across an enormous expanse of ocean.
In an attempt to understand the mystery of their origins anthropologists examined the languages of the Polynesians. They were able to trace some Polynesian languages back to tiny Melanesia islands, such as East Futuna or Samoa.
While the Polynesians have many similarities in their heritage and culture However, their dialects are distinct from one another. Polynesia is home to various dialects that are derived from the ancient Austronesian language family. These include Tahitian and Rarotongan.
The differences in the languages of various Polynesian culture are largely due to differences in pronunciation and the influence of other languages, for instance English. Certain Polynesian dialects have distinctive phonetic characteristics. For instance some Polynesians employ a macron to signify the long vowel, while others make use of an apostrophe for the same function. The glottal stop is indicated by either an apostrophe (regular) or a comma inverted, depending on dialect.
Despite their differences, Polynesians are able to communicate with one another to a certain degree. Most speak at the very least one of the native languages. There are some who speak a mix of native languages on their islands. However, others use English as their primary language. In modern Polynesia the most widely spoken languages are Tahitian (also known as Hawaiian) and Tahitian.