An initial 4A N2...?

Alice Faber faber at HASKINS.YALE.EDU
Fri Jun 28 18:28:49 UTC 2002

sagehen said:
>larry writes:
>>So, do any listees know of work anticipating what I've been burbling
>>on about, connecting the
>>c. 1840 fad/vogue/craze of initialisms with the more modern trends of
>>c. 2000?  Don't want to step on NE1's toes here.
>Not me, but there is some interesting supplementary material in the chapter
>on Rebuses in OUP's /The Oxford Guide toWord Games/ by Tony Augarde.
>Alphanumeric rebuses seem to have been around before 1830.  Recently a sort
>of message-sending  in numbers-only tiny LCD pagers has used the
>rectilinear design of the numbers to advantage.  Thus 07734 turned
>upside-down reads hELLO, for instance.

I remember doing "cool tricks" like that with calculators in the early 70s.


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