Secret Language: Codes, Tricks, Spies, Thieves, and Symbols

Secret Language: Codes, Tricks, Spies, Thieves, and Symbols

Barry J. Blake


With revelations on each web page, and pattern codes and puzzles for the reader to crack, Secret Language will entertain each person with an urge to grasp extra concerning the so much arcane and curious makes use of of language. From backmasking to the Enigma computer, from magic phrases to literary symbols, here's a energetic, attractive travel of languages that disguise their meanings from all yet a selected few. Blake explains the adaptation among ciphers and codes and exhibits how mystery messages were written--and broken--for nearly thousand years. He explores the background and makes use of of the slang and argot of colleges and trades, tracing the tales of centuries-old cants equivalent to these utilized by sailors and criminals--among them polari, the combo of Italian, Yiddish, and slang as soon as spoken between jogging avid gamers and circus people and so much lately followed by way of the homosexual neighborhood. He examines the sacred languages of historical cults and religions, uncovers the workings of onomancy, spells, and gematria, considers the obliqueness of allusion and parody, and celebrates the absurdities of euphemism and jargon.

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