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A Riddle for Experts in Ptydepe

August 25, 2011


We discovered an unknown text written by Václav Havel in the humouristic "occasional periodical," Trn, from 1968 (No. 2). Its mysterious title is Kavyl gutropach juchor?. We welcome help from translators of the Ptydepe language...

Note: Ptydepe is a fictional, artificial language featured in Czech playwright Václav Havel's 1966 play, The Memorandum. The play concerns the events that unfold when Ptydepe is introduced as the new official language of an unspecified organization. In Czech, the word has become widely used to mean an incomprehensible bureaucratic jargon, or newspeak intending to hide its true meaning.



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