Friday, September 01, 2006

Riddle Me This

What are these two words? This isn’t a quiz because I don’t know the answer. The text is from one of a good number of old (and I mean old; like 1790 old) family letters I’ve been transcribing. Here are the two words followed by the sentence from which they were extracted.

I rode half a mile__ the other day without any __illion.

That's a "d" at the end of the first mystery word.

The second mystery word is __illion.


And here’s the entire transcribed text of the letter. It’s really quite eloquent. I like how the author speaks of herself and the recipient in the third person.


Those of you who’ve seen that lame TV show Blind Date will love this video. Whoever did this video is ill...just plain ill.

If profanity offends you, don’t view it.


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"How do you know if you don't measure if you have a system that simply suckles kids through?" --George W. Bush Explaining the need for educational accountability in Beaufort, S.C., Feb. 16, 2000

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Margaret said...

I'm usually good a deciphering stuff like this, but I'm stuck on these two. That is a special letter.

The_Gator said...

nope its beyond me...

Hahaha the blind date was hilarious "hell no i dont want no food i want to suck your dick! lmao
i wish i had more dates like that...only with higher quality of women.


Sheila said...

How cool that you are transcribing old family letters. I think that would be interesting.

To me, the first word is just "miled" - different grammar back then. It looks as if she was running low on the ink when she made the "e" and dipped her pen in ink again and just missed her original curve of the "e". The beginning of the "d" on the end is darker too which also suggests fresh ink.

The second word I have no clue about. I searched some Early English online dictionaries and found nothing. Maybe it is slang for not having any trouble on her ride or maybe she misspelled hellion which was used in a different manner back then. So there is my input!

Great post!

R. said...

I'm with Sheila on the transcription. She just beat me to it. ;)

Have a fab weekend

jules said...

Maybe Propetia and her date came up with the drummer thing together. Cuz I'm thinking "why?" as well.

Bunny ~N~ Early said...

OK, enough with the space background. I see spots and lines for longer than I care to admit after reading your blog lol. I would be good with this if I had been drinking, but because I haven't been I'm afraid ... very afraid.

Dawn (webmiztris) said...

I have no clue - that looks like 'hillion' plain as day, but that's not a word. that Blind Date vid was HEE-LARIOUS! love that "Smee again" article too!

jules said...

You know you can always join in the fun. Michael's girlfriend might be available soon for a threesome. ~snicker~

Karlos said...

Margie: It is a tough one isn’t it?! I’m not sure I’ll ever figure this one out!

Gator: That blind date video was hilarious. Wonder if she was a real crack ho!

Sheila: I’m really enjoying it a great deal. I’m also documenting my family’s genealogy. It’s very time consuming, but fun. I’m really enjoying it. Great observations on the letter.

Nay: That’s cuz you’re getting’ slow in your years!

Jules: We’ll never know the answer!

Y: You sure Tweaker hasn’t just been spiking your water supply? ;-)

WebMiz: Glad you enjoyed the humor as much as I did!

Jules: Is Michael the guy you just met or someone you’ve known?

Bunny ~N~ Early said...

I wouldn't put anything past that piece of shit tweaker.