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matteson's picture

Marie Neurath, his wife, worked her arse off as well.

matha_standun's picture

graphic designer Gerd Anrtz who did the actual drawings, I reckon

matha_standun's picture

I don't know anything about his arse

matteson's picture

I think that Marie's arse actually did the layout of the final products (i.e., combining Otto's sociological stats and Anrtz's symbols)

matha_standun's picture

So that's three arses in total: Otto, Marie & Anrtz.

I dare you to say Anrtz's arse 5 times really quickly.

Matha

matteson's picture

I think I just broke my tongue

matha_standun's picture

What are we missing here Tiffany? (apart from taste)

Matha

Miss Tiffany's picture

Specifics. I think for this question it is important to answer. Why were these graphics created?

You guys are really funny, by the way. :-)

matteson's picture

Hmm. It was supposed to be an alternative to written script, I think modelled somehow on the mind of a child (or something like that). And the fact that ISOTYPE means International System of Typographic Picture Education leads me to believe that it was supposed to cross linguistic and cultural boundaries.

matha_standun's picture

Ok, that's enough messing around.

These graphics were originally created for the 'Viennese Museum for Society and Economy', which bagan life in 1924. Neurath wanted to make complex social and economic information comprehensible for the man and woman in the street with no prior knowledge of that sort of thing. So him and his missus and Mr. Anrtz worked their respective backsides off for years and years and years so that they could fill a room with little pictures of men and women in Reading.

How's that?

rs_donsata's picture

Sorry for the late. Hrant, the letters are in random order but: the first three letters are the ones tiffany got right... I made the separations between them for an easy count because it

hrant's picture

You're obviously forgetting the famous Dutch/Chinese punchcutter, Wyjk Zhu.

hhp

Miss Tiffany's picture

Good Enough. sorry for the delay. Your go Matha.

matha_standun's picture

Here are the tile sets from 5 European language versions of Scrabble. Name the languages.

a)
a

b)
b

c)
c

d)
d

e)
e

Good luck,

Matha

eomine's picture

1 english
2 german
3 czech
4 spanish
5 greek

matha_standun's picture

First one's wrong Eduardo

M.

eomine's picture

1 dutch

eomine's picture

Portuguese

matha_standun's picture

Not Portuguese either. Sorry.

matha_standun's picture

As far as I know, Portuguese has one of these:

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eomine's picture

Sure, Matha. I know it pretty well, since I'm here in Brazil. ;-) That was just an awful guess.

Anyway, give us a hint, Matha. It that a anglo-saxon language?

matha_standun's picture

That was just an awful guess

Or maybe you just don't play Scrabble very much. Apparently the Portuguese version isn't very popular.

You've already guessed English so 'Anglo-saxon' is out the window. I don't know how I can give you a hint without giving the game away (literally).

I'll say this. Scrabble letters are genarally Uppercase. This means that for some languages (not in German or Czech as you can see), accents are omitted.

Matha.

matha_standun's picture

Eduardo, I'm going out for a few hours. Keep guessing and I'll let you know later.

Matha

eomine's picture

>Or maybe you just don't play Scrabble very much.
>Apparently the Portuguese version isn't very popular.


You're right about that. At least in Brazil, it's not popular at all.
I don't even know this game is/was commercialised here.

Is it a national language? Or some sort of dialect?

eomine's picture

Ok. I realize I just asked for a stupid hint above. :-/
Surely it must be a national language.

So, Matha, give us any hint. Geographical, cultural, anything. I can't remember of any language that uses diacritics only in lowercase.

John Hudson's picture

My guess is that the first one is a French scrabble set, perpetuating the typewriter-spawned myth that the French don't use accents on uppercase letters.

matha_standun's picture

You're right John.

Now I'm waiting for someone to give me all five correct answers and I can declare a winner.

M.

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Double post

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