Q: describing how one reads text

Tom Zurinskas truespel at HOTMAIL.COM
Sun Jun 7 13:52:19 UTC 2009


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~boustrraapdin  (bough-STROP-din)  UK

Interestingly big accent difference according to the speakers in thefreedictionary.com

Tom Zurinskas, USA - CT20, TN3, NJ33, FL5+
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> Poster: "Joel S. Berson"
> Subject: Re: Q: describing how one reads text
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> At 6/7/2009 09:28 AM, Stephen Goranson wrote:
> That's the word I was looking for (and due to not remembering it well
> enough, did not find it in the OED) for text that's "(Written)
> alternately from right to left and from left to right, like the
> course of the plough in successive furrows." But I am looking (also)
> for a word -- if one exists -- to describe text that's written always
> in the same direction on successive lines.
> (And in passing, would "boustrophedon" apply also to text written
> vertically, if lines were written alternately from top to bottom and
> bottom to top?)
> Joel
>>Quoting "Joel S. Berson" :
>>>Is there a word to describe how one's eye moves when reading
>>>(Occidental) text -- horizontally along the line, then down one line
>>>and back to the starting edge?
>>>I have a very faint recollection of a word that applies to text where
>>>one went one line down but continued reading from the edge that was
>>>the end of the preceding line (that is, left to right, then right to
>>>left, etc.) -- but it's so faint that all I seem to remember is that
>>>it began with a "b".
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