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Saturday, November 5, 2011

E, e November, the Alphabet Project

During November, I'll be blogging about etymology and the origins of the alphabet.


E, e: From the Phonecian He, an ideogram shaped like a waving flag, meaning “prayer” or possibly “jubilation.” (See hallelujah?  Haleil “praise”+ya “Yahweh.”)  If the order of  the Phoenician alphabet reflects the progress of the Late Stone Age, mankind...


Built Shelter


Domesticated Animals

   


and Built a Door for the Shelter


Developed Weapons












before anyone got around to being grateful to a higher power.


English: The language this happens to be written in, as well as the name of the people who speak it, from the Old English englisc or anglisc, "of the Angles."  It seems unlikely that Angle, as in Anglican, Anglophile, and Anglo-Saxon, would have anything to do with the geometric concept angle, but in fact, it does.  Angle comes from Angul, an angular-shaped spit of land, now Swasburg, whence the Angles migrated, the word's meaning taking an abrupt right turn once they arrived in what is now England - "land of the Engles, or Angles."

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Coming November 31st, the RETURN OF THE STOOPID CONTEST!

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