Letterlocking

This is so cool! I think it is the type of thing to teach students since they are always trying to keep their secrets secure. I like it! I don’t know about the wa seal but that could always be improvised somehow.

Robert McGrath's Blog

How do you send a private letter, if you don’t have an envelope to seal it in? Before envelopes were invented, people used a variety of techniques to fold paper letters so they could not be opened without breaking the seal.

One set of techniques, used by European monarchs and other big wheels, is called “Letterlocking” [1].   I had never heard of this until recently, but apparently it is a thing, with journal articles [2], web sites [4], a Dictionary of Letter Locking (DoLL) [3],  and YouTube videos and all. 

The basic idea is to fold up a letter into a tamper proof delivery packet. Scholars have described 64 (!) methods, including the elaborate “spiral lock” used by Mary Queen of Scots, Elizabeth I, and Catherine de’ Medici among others [2].

These techniques have been reverse engineered from documents in archives. The point of the process is that…

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Same Same But Different

Sarah is our hostess for the Saturday Mix variable challenges.  Check it out here
This week we are diving into the depths of our thesaurus and exploring the world of synonyms.
Same Same But Different
Your ‘Same Same But Different’ task is to take the five challenge words and NOT use them in your writing. That’s right, you need to dig out your thesaurus and find a synonym for each word instead.

Your words are:

  1. sweater
  2. leg
  3. ride
  4. rock
  5. show

The jumper I chose
was red, black, and green
It matched my black pants
you know what I mean.
The gam of my pants
while green on one side
was black on the other;
my fat calf it did hide.
We went for a tour
this fine Sunday morn
to see if our neighbors
were still feeling forlorn.
The gravel we walked on
was loose and quite sharp
I wore the wrong shoes
but I don’t like to harp
So instead I displayed
my most jovial side
And continued my walk
my love at my side.

©2022 CBialczak Poetry

Fibbing Friday 21st January

Di is hosting this week

Here are the questions:

1. What did Miss Muffett sit on? Her ass, for too long, that’s why she couldn’t drop the weight.
2. Who tried to gatecrash her dinner? Her diet coach…to no avail could not get in.
3. What did Wee Willie Winkie do? Nothing, he was too small to do anything without parental assistance.
4. How many blackbirds were baked in a pie? None, that is disgusting and they are too hard to defeather.
5. Who sold sea shells on the sea shore? whoever owned the store at the end of the beach.
6. What did Peter Piper pick? his job, his friends, where he lived, what he ate, what clothes he wore, what kind of car he wanted…
7. What ran up the clock? the offense, they didn’t want to risk losing the ball.
8. What was daddy going to wrap Baby Bunting in? He was going to use a blanket but then mommy told him he needed to use the appropriate outerwear for a baby that small.
9. Where did Doctor Foster go? Probably the bar
10. What was the old man doing when it was pouring with rain? Sitting by the door waiting for it to stop