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#214206 - 02/15/14 03:00 PM PLOTOPAHLEA not explained [Re: Jeremy67]
Loc: Worcester, MA
Just killing some time on a snowy afternoon and came upon your posting.
Below is a ink to what looks like a patent medicine for cough-and-cold relief. The Testimonial is by one Plotopahlea (!). Not terribly useful and for all I know it derived from your posting, but if so you've at least succeeded in reviving the word. FWIW it's dated 6/I/2014, the same date as your enrollment in Wordsmith.org and posting the original query here.
Pure speculation, from outside the box: it evokes the feeling of Cyrillic alphabet transliterated: P-->R, H-->N, etc.
I recall also a GAMES magazine article a couple of years back about photo-detection that identified an old picture - another avenue of inquiry you might try if your interest was piqued hard enough.
Entire topic Subject Posted by Posted 19th Century mystery word - a real puzzler. Jeremy67 01/06/14 02:26 PM PLOTOPAHLEA not explained wofahulicodoc 02/15/14 03:00 PM
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