Joe for Michael 5260
Re: See (Double Addendum)
Mon Jun 17, 2019 15:19

That word in his memo book looks to me as though it's spelled with the German style double crossed "t." I believe the formal version of that crossing is a bit lower on the "t" stems, but it's what he's formed to these eyes. And yes, the German word for "pot" is "pott" so why wouldn't he be referring to a pot? From my recollection, he was also using a number of German words in his memo book, such as "Essen" for "eat" or "dine," "Boad" for "boat." Really, I wouldn't read too much into him perhaps relaxing any conscious requirement for use of the English language on what was clearly a relaxed vacation. After all, the intent of writing in his memo book was not to communicate instructions of great importance to someone else, as the writer of the ransom notes was doing. This was someone letting go a bit under more relaxed conditions and drifting back into the language of his upbringing. And again, the price of a box of soap wouldn't be 90 cents in 1931, more like 15 to 20 cents.

  • Re: See (Double Addendum)Michael 5260 for Joe, Sun Jun 16 13:49
    There are nineteen examples of double "t's" used in words found in the ransom notes. letters settle better latter letter letter letter letter letter latter get letter latter letter letter gett let... more
    • Re: See (Double Addendum)Michael For Script, Tue Jun 18 09:33
      No smoke & mirrors necessary. I believe I've got you "figured out" Script. What you are doing is called Analysis Paralysis . Instead of reviewing each and every letter on its own, you instead try to... more
    • Re: See (Double Addendum) — Joe for Michael 5260, Mon Jun 17 15:19
      • Re: See (Double Addendum)Michael 5260 for Joe, Tue Jun 18 14:25
        Joe, notice how the words "Essen" and "Boad" are not supported by any other words with them to tell a person exactly what Hauptmann was writing about. As you mentioned, "Essen" means to eat or dine.... more
        • Case ClosedJoe for Michael 5260, Wed Jun 19 09:50
          Michael, please examine this example of what is clearly a crossed double "t" in Hauptmann's memo book to compare with the last two letters in "Po--". The entry "Eintritt" which ... more
          • Re: Case ClosedMichael 5260 for Joe, Wed Jun 19 15:18
            An excellent finding Joe. I agree that the two final "t's" in the word Eintritt have the classical German style t-bars. The same word, Eintritt, on the same page without the t-bars does also show... more
            • Re: Case ClosedJoe for Michael 5260, Fri Jun 21 09:15
              Sure Michael, I'll take a look at the word "Boad" but you may be preaching to the long-converted here. Why don't you start a new thread and address it to the Board?
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