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Honorificabilitudinitatibus: Bacon’s Magical Word

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by Richard Allan Wagner

The word that seems to have loomed most prominently in Francis Bacon’s mind was the 27 letter Latin word honorificabilitudinitatibus (Act 5, Scene 1 of Love’s Labor’s Lost). Although the word had been toyed with by many of Bacon’s predecessors, it was destined to be his magical word—his, and his alone. We can see evidence of his tinkering with roots of the word in his Promus: honoris, honores, honorem, honorificabo, and in his parchment folder (now known as the Northumberland Manuscript) we see honorificabilitudini. Why was Bacon so drawn to the word? What special properties did it possess?

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It's value in Simple Cipher is 287, the sum of the letters of "Fra. Rosi Crosse" in Kaye Cipher. In Reverse Cipher, it's 388, which can be read as 38 and 8, TT and H in Simple, and representative of the quadruple Tau, TTTT, the signature of Anthony Bacon. (The Fourfold Cipher value of TTTT is 91, Anthony in Simple). Francis used TTT (67 in Fourfold, "Francis" in Simple). In Kaye Cipher, the value is 677, which can be read as 67 and 7, "Francis" and "G" in Simple Cipher. They used the letter G to represent the name "Bacon" as the value of G in Kaye Cipher is 33, "Bacon" in Simple. 🙂


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