「吻我」:說真還是開玩笑?

「吻我」Photo by Jonas Nordby via forskning.no

「吻我」Photo by Jonas Nordby via forskning.no

挪威學者終於成功解讀這個11-12世紀北歐盧恩文字的符文代碼:「吻我」。

在這個節日,人不期然「浪漫派」一下。

是哪個敢愛不敢言的維京人把這種當時差不多失傳的符文刻在木上?為什麼還要用上別人難以理解的某種代碼?而他/她要送的人是誰?兩人的關係會是怎樣?地下情?不為世俗接受的?他/她有把這份禮物成功送出嗎?這個九百年前的故事怎樣發展下去……

但學者終歸學者,當幻想雲越積越厚,他手指一戳,破了:

However, those thinking that the coded runes will reveal deep secrets of the Norse will be disappointed. The messages found so far seem to be either used in learning or have a playful tone. In one case the message was ‘Kiss me’. Nordby explains “We have little reason to believe that rune codes should hide sensitive messages, people often wrote short everyday messages.”

挪威原文用”hverdagslig”,解trivial、everyday。 專家認為,他們在做練習或俏皮一下(即玩嘢),有時刻自己的名字,有時刻「試解這個」的符文,所以這個「吻我」怎會穩藏俏俏話?

噢,那不是無聊學生用塗改液(現在是改錯帶年代)在桌上寫寫畫畫嗎?想起去年「坪輋村校展演」蔡司虹及姚泊敦的作品《殺校•書桌•記憶》,在坪洋公立學校課室書桌上,載滿(真的很滿,找一片空白都很難)到訪者的宣洩──隨手畫、隨手寫,有些無聊,卻有情意。把這些桌面藏起來,九百年後,那些繁體字、廣東字可能真的要學者專家來解碼!

縱然像我一個乖學生也試過藉著書桌發表,你又怎會沒試過?趁今天,不管有沒有情人,來浪漫緬懷一下讀書年代的不羈、彷徨、含蓄、灑脫、瘋狂,才發覺那些日子仿如昨天。

《殺校•書桌•記憶》蔡司虹及姚泊敦2013

《殺校•書桌•記憶》蔡司虹及姚泊敦2013

參考
http://www.forskning.no/artikler/2014/januar/379474
http://www.medievalists.net/2014/02/07/norse-rune-code-cracked/
http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/02/jotunvillur-code-cracked/

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