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April 3, 2010 5:24 PM   Subscribe

Help me decipher this mysterious bathroom graffiti code.

My girlfriend discover and took a picture of this very mysterious graffiti in a bathroom yesterday, and we've been puzzling over it ever since. What does it say? What could it mean? What on earth code is this?
posted by Rallon to Grab Bag (18 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
 
Looks like runes to me.
posted by geek anachronism at 5:26 PM on April 3, 2010


Yep..it's a runic alphabet.

"If you can read this, call scrib hail freya"?

Not sure about the last 3 words, but the beginning is correct.
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 5:35 PM on April 3, 2010 [2 favorites]


Looks almost like Tolkein's runes. But not quite.
posted by Fiery Jack at 5:35 PM on April 3, 2010


Agreed. The colon-looking things are probably spaces between words, and the last character looks like a signature.

There are several different runic alphabets, but doing a Google image search would be a good start.
posted by box at 5:35 PM on April 3, 2010


Freya is a goddess from Norse mythology.

Scrib, I have a feeling, is some dude.
posted by box at 5:37 PM on April 3, 2010


Duh. "Call Scrib" (possibly someone's name). Hail Freya.

Could also very well be a WoW reference (gods, I hope not).
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 5:39 PM on April 3, 2010


or what box said :)
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 5:40 PM on April 3, 2010


I'm going to go for (based on a quick google, no actual knowledge) someone with an interest in Wicca or similar. It might be a bored student of Norse history if you're in a university town, but a) they're definitely runes, but b) they might be historically accurate or one of the new age-y versions.
posted by cromagnon at 5:41 PM on April 3, 2010


Another vote for "If you can read this, call scrib(scribe?), hail freya."

Or: IF IU CAN RID THIS CAL SCRIB HAIL FREI
posted by Catch at 5:46 PM on April 3, 2010


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posted by Rallon at 5:46 PM on April 3, 2010


Yeah, they're not trying to speak Anglo-Saxon (or the like.) It's a strict transliteration. Guessing it was written by some giddy SCA/gamer/geek kids in the middle of a road trip, or something. Or maybe it's left over from a fannish-nerdy scavenger hunt.
posted by palmcorder_yajna at 5:49 PM on April 3, 2010


"If you can read this, call scrib hail freya"?

Aw. I was hoping it was "If you can read this and fancy a scrub, call Freya".
posted by urbanwhaleshark at 5:50 PM on April 3, 2010


When I was 12 (and an avid D&D player), I was given a "rune kit" based on Elder Futhark. I wrote runically on EVERYTHING that ink would stick to, so yeah, giddy SCA/gamer/geek kids :)
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 5:51 PM on April 3, 2010


Catch, Cat Pie - what system is this, and how does it work? I can't find the fourth character anywhere in the original futharc (?) alphabets, although I can see how ᚱᛇᛞ is "read" through phonetic transliteration
posted by cromagnon at 5:56 PM on April 3, 2010


I read the fourth character as equivalent to the "aurochs" rune here - I have seen runic 'alphabets' that vary according to whether they are written on a surface or carved, straight lines being easier to carve, of course.
I can't remember the name of the specific rune set, I'm sorry.
posted by Catch at 6:06 PM on April 3, 2010


cromagnon: "I can't find the fourth character anywhere in the original futharc (?) alphabets"

I think it is supposed to be ᚢ which is Ur and would be a "u".
posted by Deflagro at 6:10 PM on April 3, 2010


Ah, OK - that makes sense: ᛇᚠ:ᛇᚢ = i-f :i-u = "if you" and so on. Thanks!

Hmm. I kind of wish there was more to it than that :)
posted by cromagnon at 6:22 PM on April 3, 2010


I had actually skipped on to "can" and that's when I noticed the word pattern and just interpolated "you" from there. Context is everything :)
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 7:11 PM on April 3, 2010


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