For mathematical reasons which I explain below, I have looked up the expression “The writing on the wall” in the Wikipedia. It is, of course, illustrated there by Rembrandt‘s ‘Belshazzar’s Feast‘, and, which nowadays sounds very topical, by a stanza from Jonathan Swift‘s “The Run Upon The Bankers”:
A baited banker thus desponds,
From his own hand foresees his fall,
They have his soul, who have his bonds;
‘Tis like the writing on the wall.
The full text can be found at http://www.online-literature.com/swift/3501/ ; it is accompanied by a footnote from Dublin Edition of 1734:
This poem was printed some years ago, and it should seem, by the late failure of two bankers, to be somewhat prophetic. It was therefore thought fit to be reprinted.
And now back to mathematics: I have looked up Mene, Mene, Tekel u-Pharsin because I need an English word which characterises a collection of objects (think about a warehouse) in which objects of every kind are counted and their number is known and recorded. Inventoried? I need to use it in expressions like “inventoried group”, “inventoried field”, “inventoried ring”, “inventoried structure”, and many times on each page in a series of papers.
Can you suggest a better term? I would be most grateful.
And this pastiche is an update of the old theme, quite consonant with Swift: