Monday, July 23, 2007

My Gift of Tongues (or script) is... Demotic

Also known as "Popular Egyptian"

I noticed today that Liam and Talmida had taken the Which Ancient Language Are You quiz.

They came up with really cool stuff like Ogham and Akkadian. Crystal had Hieroglyphics. What did I get? Dull, old, workaday Demotic.

My Score:

You are Demotic, the degenerate wild child of Hieroglyphics. At least, that's what Hieroglyphics used to say. Quicker, nimbler but a definite trouble-maker in the family.

Well, that stands to reason. The scholars were able to figure out Hieroglyphics because of the Rosetta Stone. The top section had hieroglyphs, the middle section was in Demotic, and the bottom section was in Greek. There I go again, getting into trouble trying to maintain a centrist position, as usual...

Then again, maybe I should consider myself lucky that it wasn't some Assyrian or Babylonian thing that the demon Pazuzu (The Exorcist) would have been written about in.


cowboyangel said...

Jeff, you degenerate wild child,

While we may differ on football teams (camp starts Friday!) and argue over Cream vs Zeppelin, at least we share Demotic as our Ancient Language.

I, too, was disappointed. I was hoping for Mayan (Nab'ee Maya' Tzij). I wonder, though, if the indigenous of the Americas are even being represented in this online dating ancient Language quiz?

Caitilin said...

Well Jeff,
I get to be Linear B--I am greek to everyone! Good link!

crystal said...

Demotic - are you sure that's not really supposed to be "Demonic"? :-)

Jeff said...

Aw Crystal,

You beat me to that! When William, that Zeppelin-headed Jimmy Page acolyte (Jimmy Page sold his soul to the devil to keep his tantric bedroom obsessions going forever), said that he came up as Demotic, I wanted to make sure he hadn't misread "DemoNic".


I wonder, though, if the indigenous of the Americas are even being represented in this online dating ancient Language quiz

Hmmm. For those interested in - walks on the beach, movies, soft-rock, quiet evenings at home, a possible long-term relationship and ... human sacrifice.

I was wondering over at Liam's if you could get a Sumerian date over at that site. For all the single guys out there, I have a feeling a Sumerian gal might just be a bit more fun than an Aztec, but I guess it all depends on what you're into.

Hi Caitlin,

Welcome! Thanks for visiting. Wow. A liberal, Democrat home-schooler from South Dakota. I am very much looking forward to seeing what you are going to blog about.

Jeff said...


I'll be taking my two oldest sons down to Gillette to watch some training camp on Sunday morning. I'll let you know if I have any good scoop afterwards.

cowboyangel said...

A Jimmy Page acolyte! The real Page acolytes probably wouldn't like that. I lack the requisite love and devotion. I only attend Zeppelin services once every 2 or 3 months.

But in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. ;-)

I thought Page sold his soul to become a staple of Classic Rock Stations. Your version sounds more interesting.

Training camp on SUNDAY morning? You're ditching Mass for the Patriots? Or are you going Saturday? Yes, I want a report. I keep telling La Reina that I want to check out the Jets camp, but we haven't made it yet. Maybe this year. They won't be on Long Island much longer.

I'm looking forward to the new Adalius Thomas - Thomas Jones matchup this year.

BTW, I've only spoken Demonic once or twice, both times after imbibing a little too much and getting into intense and incoherent arguments with Liam about Led Zeppelin or Pirates of the Caribbean. I'm really not fluent.

Jeff said...


I guess you're not a real Page acolyte, because if you were, the quiz would have had you come up with the Zep IV Zoso symbols instead of Demotic.

A true confession - I own Zeppelin I, II and IV. On vinyl... Haven't listened to them in a couple of decades.

Yes, training camp! We'll go to Mass on Saturday evening. You and Reina should go to the Jets training camp if you get the chance. Just bring plenty of money along. If you get peckish or a tad thirsty, you might be paying $6 for a bottle of water, and Lord knows how much for food.

jackjoe said...

I have no idea what you are talking about, but Caitilin is a REAL addition to any blog!! Oh, excuse me Liam just addition to the comments not the blog.