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Word of the Day 01/22/18 Boustrophedon

Boustrophedon (noun)
boustrophedon [boo-struh-feed-n, -fee-don, bou-]

1. an ancient method of writing in which the lines run alternately from right to left and from left to right.

Origin: 1775-85; < Greek boustrophēdón literally, like ox-turning (in plowing), equivalent to bou- (stem of boûs) ox + -strophē- (see strophe) + -don adv. suffix

Now YOU come up with a sentence (or fic? or graphic?) that best illustrates the word.


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Jan. 23rd, 2018 01:30 am (UTC)
The Art of Note Passing
When I was in high school, one of our favorite things to do was to pass notes in class. There was always a danger of the note being intercepted by another student, or, god forbid, a teacher. So in order to protect myself, I would write each note in code. Sometimes they were easy to figure out, like the boustrophedon or when I would write each sentence vertically from top to bottom. In others, I would devise random patterns of interwoven lines. These were the most confusing to my friends and there were times when I would have to help them figure out the pattern. Few of my friends played along. They were pretty straightforward. I could usually get a good two page note about whatever was on my mind at the time out during an hour's class. It definitely made class time more interesting.
Jan. 23rd, 2018 03:03 am (UTC)
Re: The Art of Note Passing

I was thinking of note passing in class too.

I even came up with a couple of ciphers but never really did much with it
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