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Crowd-Sourcing To Crack Oldest Un-deciphered Writing System
2012-11-28 12:13:24

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The oldest un-deciphered writing system in the world has eluded academics for years, but a researcher from the Faculty of Oriental Studies at the University of Oxford has begun an undertaking that will attempt to harness the power of ℠crowd-sourcing´ to solve this ancient riddle. Dr. Jacob Dahl announced the project this week, which will take high-quality images of 5,000-year-old Proto-Elamite clay tablets and publish...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'