On Friday 22 June 2007 18:34, Frank Peelo wrote:
> Michael Watterson wrote:
>> > I've never quite
> > understood where Ogham and Viking runes originated as they seem
> > curiously to be simply different symbols for the same Alphabet
> > system.
>> Maybe it came from the available technology.
>> If you want to bash symbols into granite, and you don't have angle
> grinders or good chisels, you want to stick to straight lines.
> Letters like P, B, R, O etc. are going to be a right pain otherwise.
>Another theory is that it was also intended to be easily read
in the near-complete darkness you can get on a heavily overcast night in
ireland away from city lights, or without looking at it, a bit like
braille - you just run you hand along the edge. Reading engraved latin
script by feel is certainly possible but likely more difficult, and
rather more difficult to _write_ in darkness.
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