cockle one code among many, coiffure
BIWIN Cockle (See also Shell)
BIWOK . . . code message not clear, repeat in plain language . . .
BIWSO . . . do not use . . . . . . code . . .
BIWTY . . . use Fairchild’s Women’s Wear code . . .
BIWUB What code are you using . . . . . . ?
‘But all that has ended. The word-mirror is broken, irreparably, it seems... The dictionary that used to stand beside the Bible and the works of Shakespeare above the fireplace, where in pious Roman homes the household gods were kept, has become just one code book among many.’
BIXVE Coiffure (See also Chignon, Curl, Hair, Hairdress, Lock)
Louis Harmuth, compiler, Fairchild's Illustrated Women's Wear Code (1921)
J. M. Coetzee, Elizabeth Costello (2003, Penguin edn.) : 19
with its passage and derivation from, and allusions to
Hugo von Hofmannsthal his Letter of Lord Chandos (1902) *
28 February 2019
tags: hair; Lares; Lararium; lexicon; nonsense; telegraphic codes; J. M. Coetzee; Hugo von Hofmannsthal; Fairchild's Illustrated Women's Wear Code (1921)