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.