How did the words we speak, read and think with every day come to exist? “Deciphering the English Code” takes the reader on a journey back in time to the “Dawn of Speak”, an era that existed about 100,000 years ago, when we were Stone Age hunter-gatherers living in Africa. That is where the first human words were spoken. Our first words were based on the visual body/sign language humans had been using for a million years before we got control of our tongues. I have discovered that there is an ancient code hidden in English that is based on that original visual, body/sign language.
An easy example of this ancient code can be found in the word LIFT. Say LIFT and notice how your tongue moves upwards when you say it. Before we could speak, we had to move our arms upwards to communicate thoughts like LIFT. When we got control of our tongues, we substituted the arm motion that we had been using for a million years with tongue motion and an entire family of L-words having to do with “things lifted” ensued. English words like LIFT, LIGHT, HELIUM and LEVER are simply the progeny of this ancient code.
This basic word-logic extends to all English words. There is something about the nature of every English consonant sound or the formation of that sound that can be used to predict the meanings of English words. And what is more amazing and perhaps even whimsical is that the shapes of today’s English letters can also tell you what the words mean! That’s right. English letters are sort of like hieroglyphs. They tell the story of the word, once you know the codes. That is precisely why the letter B resembles a Butt, Breasts or two Balls. (It’s even why the word “BI” means two.)
This also means that the scribes that created our first written letters knew about this code about 10,000 years ago when writing first began. It seems we have just forgotten what we used to know. That 10,000 year-old knowledge-drought is over. This code extends to English, Middle Eastern and Indo-European languages, but for historical reasons which are discussed in the text, it is preserved best within English.
ESL students will particularly love knowing these codes because it gives them a clue as to what English words mean just from the letters. They will find many of these codes operating in their own native languages as well, so that will make learning English much easier. I am also preparing a simpler version of this book especially for young English readers.
Today, English is spoken (and sung!) in every country on the planet. There is a reason for that and it’s not coincidental. It is because English words are closely connected to first natural language that it resounds so easily in our human collective.
Our bibles speak of a time when we all spoke one language, before the Tower of Babel incident. As the popularity of English increases every day, we are actually headed back in that direction. Whatever language we are born into and wherever we live, we are all basically the same mortal beings. A common language offers mankind its best hope for the mutual understanding and compassion we will need to survive as a species. If this book can help in that endeavor, I will have fulfilled my life’s purpose. I hope you enjoy “Deciphering the English Code”.