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by Sky Alton
Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: The Great Hall
Topic: Gold Spirit Award 2018-19
Replies: 4
Views: 38

Gold Spirit Award 2018-19

Come one, come all and gather round to set out your hopes for HOL 2018-2019! The Gold Spirit Award was begun as part of HOL Appreciation Month. It’s designed to help motivate you to fulfil your own personal goals for the school year, however big or small, whatever they might be. Anyone is welcome, b...
by Sky Alton
Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Quick Quotes
Replies: 304
Views: 14836

Re: Quick Quotes

And this week's prompt is....
Minutes from a Meeting

From Gaudy Night by Dorothy L Sayers
We shall know what things are of overmastering importance when they have overmastered us
by Sky Alton
Sat Aug 11, 2018 11:53 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Summer Reading Challenge 2018 - Questions
Replies: 8
Views: 144

Re: Summer Reading Challenge 2018 - Questions

One thing that I have noticed that hasn't been brought up are graphic novels or manga. Would these be acceptable as read books? Yes, graphic novels can absolutely count! :D While online fanfiction and the like doesn’t count, you’re free to mix it up with some re-reading, audio books or graphic nove...
by Sky Alton
Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Quick Quotes
Replies: 304
Views: 14836

Re: Quick Quotes

This week's prompt is...

An error message on a computer
From Notes from a Big Country by Bill Bryson
Warning: if a door says pull, there is absolutely no use in pushing
by Sky Alton
Thu Aug 02, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Ask a Prefect
Topic: Ask a Prefect FAQ
Replies: 0
Views: 58

Ask a Prefect FAQ

Welcome to the Ask a Prefect FAQ! If you have a question, please read this thread first to check if there’s an answer below and also have a look back through the topics on the board in case someone else has already asked it. It is also always an excellent idea to read the New and Improved HOL Handbo...
by Sky Alton
Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: History of the Word
Topic: Week 4-Time to Reflect
Replies: 7
Views: 104

Re: Week 4-Time to Reflect

Will Lestrange: I do not believe that Muggle communication influenced Wizarding communication; if anything, it was the other way around. Looking at our alphabet, for example, let us remember that it dates back to the days of the Romans under the name “Roman alphabet” or “Latin alphabet”. Keep in min...
by Sky Alton
Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:23 am
Forum: History of the Word
Topic: Week 4-Time to Reflect
Replies: 7
Views: 104

Re: Week 4-Time to Reflect

Silas Hipolito Crist: There were many discussions about magical society writing systems and if they should be used; some were against, some for it. The main argument for magical writing systems was obviously that they were developed and ready for actual use. They were also used for some time by many...
by Sky Alton
Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: History of the Word
Topic: Week 4-Time to Reflect
Replies: 7
Views: 104

Re: Week 4-Time to Reflect

Polaris Black: The Futhark, the written runic alphabet named for its first six letters, was developed by the Germanic people as far back as 200 CE. It is thought that Germanic warbands brought back the alphabet after raiding areas to the south. As languages changed and more Germanic groups adopted i...
by Sky Alton
Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: History of the Word
Topic: Week 4-Time to Reflect
Replies: 7
Views: 104

Re: Week 4-Time to Reflect

Ivorie Windton: The evolution of modern wizarding communication has transformed over the years. What may have begun as simple spells the means of communication have advanced as spells and charms have been created and provide the users with a better, simpler way to communication. Though some written ...
by Sky Alton
Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: History of the Word
Topic: Week 4-Time to Reflect
Replies: 7
Views: 104

Re: Week 4-Time to Reflect

Gail Allen: Written wizarding communication evolved largely alongside muggle written communication. The reason for this initially was of course that humans were less globally mobile which meant that any writing system that arose in a culture had to be understood by all those living there; including ...
by Sky Alton
Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: History of the Word
Topic: Week 4-Time to Reflect
Replies: 7
Views: 104

Re: Week 4-Time to Reflect

Arianna Stonewater: The evolution of modern wizarding communication has about the same as Muggle communication. I imagine using the Muggle alphabets is easier for blending in, not to mention easier in general, so that the magic community can focus on other things. Both Wizards and muggles still lear...
by Sky Alton
Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: History of the Word
Topic: Week 4-Modern Writing Systems
Replies: 8
Views: 97

Re: Week 4-Modern Writing Systems

Zen McGregor: I would like to briefly talk about Korean alphabet, the Hangul. It is considered to be one of the most efficient alphabets in the world and has garnered praise from language experts for its scientific design and excellence. It was created by King Sejong during the Choseon Dynasty (1393...
by Sky Alton
Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: History of the Word
Topic: Week 4-Modern Writing Systems
Replies: 8
Views: 97

Re: Week 4-Modern Writing Systems

Will Lestrange: If one looks at a piece of Korean-language writing from a distance, at first glance it might seem just as unrecognizable as some of the other East Asian writing systems. But when one looks closer, patterns start to show up: the same symbol may appear several times in relatively short...
by Sky Alton
Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:06 am
Forum: History of the Word
Topic: Week 4-Modern Writing Systems
Replies: 8
Views: 97

Re: Week 4-Modern Writing Systems

Silas Hipolito Crist: Abjad is a special writing system that has some very interesting facts; each symbol stands for consonant, which leave reader to fill in the appropriate vowel by themselves. But so-called impure abjads do represent vowels, either with optional diacritics, a limited number of dis...
by Sky Alton
Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: History of the Word
Topic: Week 4-Modern Writing Systems
Replies: 8
Views: 97

Re: Week 4-Modern Writing Systems

Polaris Black: The Elder Futhark The Elder Futhark is one of three main forms of the futhark, the written alphabet developed by the Germanic people as early as far back as 200 CE. The elder futhark contains 24 runes, which are divided into three groups called eitts (meaning family). The three eitts ...
by Sky Alton
Mon Jul 30, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: History of the Word
Topic: Week 4-Modern Writing Systems
Replies: 8
Views: 97

Re: Week 4-Modern Writing Systems

Kendra Givens: Looking into the history of the English alphabet, I’ve discovered that the Old English alphabet began with the Anglo-Saxon runic language, called futhorc, in the 5th century AD. It was a flexible language, starting with 26 letters when it hit England and ending with 33 letters by the ...
by Sky Alton
Mon Jul 30, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: History of the Word
Topic: Week 4-Modern Writing Systems
Replies: 8
Views: 97

Re: Week 4-Modern Writing Systems

Gail Allen: The alphabet I have chosen to look at is the futhark or as more people probably know it; the rune alphabet used by the vikings in Scandinavia, although runes have been found as grafitti on walls in the middle east and other far-flung places too. The reason for this is that the vikings tr...
by Sky Alton
Mon Jul 30, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: History of the Word
Topic: Week 4-Modern Writing Systems
Replies: 8
Views: 97

Re: Week 4-Modern Writing Systems

Arianna Stonewater: As my church is looking into updating our hall directory and signage, I've been learning a lot more about Braille so I wanted to look more into the history of that! Braille was invented by Louis Braille in 1824. I learned that it is actually based on Night Writing, which is a cod...
by Sky Alton
Mon Jul 30, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: History of the Word
Topic: Week 4-Who Am I?
Replies: 2
Views: 117

Re: Week 4-Who Am I?

The answers are:
1. Latin
2. Cyrillic
3. Aramaic
4. Phoenician
5. Devanagari

Well done to everyone who found them.
by Sky Alton
Sun Jul 22, 2018 11:12 pm
Forum: History of the Word
Topic: Week 4-Modern Writing Systems
Replies: 8
Views: 97

Re: Week 4-Modern Writing Systems

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Arianna Stonewater
Gail Allen
Kendra Givens
Maxim Trevelyan
Polaris Black
Silas Hipolito Crist
Will Lestrange
Zen McGregor

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