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My friend sent me this cipher:

etsitsiduamuqmuessenon,tsesumissep"omaet"orpdouqmuiterpteangamecovtivamalcxete

She also said it roughly decodes to:

And I screamed for whatever its worth, 'I love you!' Ain't that the worst thing you've ever heard?

How is this cipher created? How would I be able to solve other ciphers like it?

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  • $\begingroup$ Hey welcome to puzzling SE :) You may want to tag this reverse-puzzling or puzzle-identification depending on whether you know the answer yourself (the latter if you don't). $\endgroup$ Apr 21, 2021 at 17:52
  • $\begingroup$ Have you asked your friend for any hints? $\endgroup$
    – HTM
    Apr 21, 2021 at 17:57
  • $\begingroup$ If you return to this site, please mark HTM's answer as accepted if it is satisfactory. $\endgroup$ Apr 22, 2021 at 8:09

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If you

reverse the ciphered text, you get:

etexclamavitvocemagnaetpretiumquodpro"teamo"pessimusest,nonesseumqumaudististe

which, when spaces are added, becomes (in my best estimation):

Et exclamavit voce magna et pretium quod pro "te amo" pessimus est, non esse umqum audistis te

This is apparently

a rough translation of the given decoded text into Latin, which you can verify for yourself on Google Translate, for instance.

Why this specific text I'm not entirely sure of, but

it appears to be a lyric in the Taylor Swift song "Cruel Summer", so perhaps you are/your friend is a Swiftie, and this "cipher" is testing your knowledge on her songs?

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  • $\begingroup$ In particular, rot13(guvf vf abg n pvcure ng nyy, ohg fbzr bgure xvaq bs rapbqvat). $\endgroup$ Apr 22, 2021 at 3:42

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