I’ve cracked it!

It is with great pleasure that I can reveal the very first word of the Voynich manuscript with an absolutely indisputable reading. It has taken me many years to get here, through great travails and hardships and whatnot, but I am glad to be sharing it with you. For the rest of your life you will remember this moment as the time you began to read the TRUE Voynich manuscript.

My tireless and endless work began when I saw that Edith Sherwood had identified the plant on page 13r as banana. As soon as I saw that I knew it must be true, it is so obvious! Just look at the little fruits, the split–edged leaves, and rounded corm. There is not other plant quite like it: banana it must be.

voynich banana

It was then that my years of hard–won linguistic knowledge came into play. For I knew that the banana plant was the perfect—absolutely perfect!—key for cracking the code of the manuscript. You see, most languages in the world have only one of two words for the banana: one from the Persian mawz and the other similar to English banana.

Now banana is a great word to look for in a text because of its phonetic structure. It has two occurrences of the same consonant, one after the other, and multiple instances of the same vowel. All I had to do was look for that repetition and there I would find the word I was looking for. It was made even easier by having already identified what characters may represent vowels.

So the hunt was on, and it took me longer than I thought it would, to be truthful. For I scrutinized each individual word in turn, double–checking to make sure I didn’t miss the telltale repetition. But word after word failed to give me any hint of it. After working through 99% of the words on the page I had almost given up, but pushed myself to keep going, to finish the job even if it ended in utter failure and ruin of the momentous enterprise. So I set my eyes to the page once again, laid them upon the very last word, and what did I see?


This is it, what I was looking for: [okorory]! If we think that [o] and [y] could be vowels, say /a/ and /u/, then the two [r] would have to be /n/. The only letter left is [k] must be /b/, thus giving the word: /abananu/. It is as a clear as day! A perfectly good version of the word banana on a page which obviously has a picture of a banana plant. Who could dispute it?

I intend to further this work in the coming days and weeks, and doubtless many more words will appear from the text. But for now, rest assured that the code is broken, the cipher is revealed, and the truth is finally known!