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e m me mum mele mem mume mumm melee melem meme memum mumele

Oh! Errors. Fixed:

e m me mum mele mem mume mumum melele melem meme memum mumele

Given the above, what does 'memelemum' signify, and why that is?

(Okay, I can see that a robot might question whether this "completely describes the problem - and is written using proper grammar". I hereby assure said bot that that is indeed the case.)


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I think memelemum signifies

the number 83


this is lightly disguised binary where e is 0 and m is 1; for euphony you insert l between instances of e and u between instances of m, except that for reasons I don't quite understand you write mumm instead of mumum. (Perhaps there's a rule that collapses strings of ums or something.)


memelemum = memeemm = 1010011 = 83.

  • $\begingroup$ I guess because ROT13(Jr nqq y be h ng zbfg bapr, naq cvpx gur yrsgzbfg cnve? r.t. zzrrrrzz jvyy or zhzryrrrzz?) $\endgroup$
    – athin
    May 25, 2019 at 21:11
  • $\begingroup$ Certainly possible. I don't think we have enough information here to deduce the exact rules with any confidence. $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan
    May 25, 2019 at 21:16
  • $\begingroup$ At least there is "melee" also, but yeah $2$ instances are maybe not enough.. $\endgroup$
    – athin
    May 25, 2019 at 21:40
  • $\begingroup$ Rot13(Gurer vf h qvivqvat gur svefg bs rirel zz cnve naq y qvivqvat gur svefg bs rirel rr cnve. Ubjrire gung ovanel ahzore vf bayl qrpvzny rvtugl guerr). $\endgroup$ May 25, 2019 at 21:46
  • $\begingroup$ @WeatherVane Oops, yes, I erred. Good catch. $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan
    May 25, 2019 at 22:17

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