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B ou strop h e d on
B ou strop h e d on i s a syste m of
wri ti n g i n wh i ch a l te rn a ti n g l i n e s
re ve rse i n d i re cti on s, fa ci l i ta ti n g
fa ste r re a d i n g . Th e te rm com e s
from th e An ci e n t G re e k root for,
" tu rn of th e ox" --d ra wi n g a
com p a ri son b e twe e n th e wa y te xt
wri tte n i n b ou strop h e d on i s re a d i n a p a tte rn l i ke
a n ox p u l l i n g a p l ow a cross a fi e l d i n a l te rn a ti n g
d i re cti on s.
I n i ts p u re st form , ch a ra cte rs a p p e a r
re ve rse d on a l te rn a ti n g l i n e s,
h owe ve r m a n y va ri a ti on s e xi st.
S om e e n g ra vi n g s i n th e G re e k,
S a fa i ti c, a n d S a b a e a n l a n g u a g e s,
a n d i n e ve n ol d e r p re h i stori c
l a n g u a g e s u se d b ou strop h e d on ,
a l th ou g h th e p a tte rn of wri ti n g b e ca m e l e ss
p o p u l a r wi th ti m e .
T h e i n h a b i ta n ts o f E a s te r I s l a n d
wrote i n scri p ti on s on wood i n a
l a n g u a g e ca l l e d Ron g oron g o.
Tod a y, th i s l a n g u a g e re m a i n s
u n re a d a b l e , a l th ou g h i t i s a p p a re n t
th a t th e wri ti n g i s a rra n g e d
b ou strop h e d on i ca l l y. Th e sa m e i s
tru e of a n u n d e ci p h e re d scri p t n a ti ve to th e I n d u s
va l l e y ci vi l i za ti on s. Tod a y, som e ki n d s of p ri n te rs
u se th e b ou strop h e d on i c p a tte rn to i m p rove
p ri n ti n g e ffi ci e n cy.
M a n y l a n d su rve y m a p s i n th e
U n i te d S ta te s a n d Ca n a d a re ta i n
th e e ffi ci e n cy of b ou strop h e d on i c
re p re se n ta ti on , wi th su rve yors
a rra n g i n g cou n ti e s i n to g ri d s on
wh i ch a d j a ce n t p l ots of l a n d a re
n u m b e re d se q u e n ti a l l y.
S om e p rog ra m s a re
a va i l a b l e for tu rn i n g
m od e rn te xt i n to te xt
wri tte n i n a
b ou strop h e d on i c
re p re se n ta ti on . O n e
i n sta n ce i s th e re a d e r a t
h ttp : //tra e vol i . com /b ou st/. An oth e r ve rsi on , wri tte n
i n J a va S cri p t for on l i n e u se , i s fou n d a t
h ttp : //g re e kre a d e r. we b s. com /.


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