Decoding the alphabet

It seems like each letter has a meaning which I believe is sometimes based on the letter’s shape and/or hieroglyphic origin as well as its sound. The following are best guesses based on patterns. I believe that many short words (like the words “do”, “run”, and “sock”) are often acronyms.

A – Alpha
Holbein - John Calvin c. 1500The letter A can be traced to the first letter of the Phonecian alphabet which was supposed to represent the head of an ox. It looks like a pyramid. I believe it mans “first.” I think it may also relate to the word “architect.”

John Calvin, in his Institutes of the Christian Religion (1536), repeatedly calls the Christian God “the Architect of the Universe”, also referring to his works as “Architecture of the Universe”, and in his commentary on Psalm 19 refers to the Christian God as the “Great Architect” or “Architect of the Universe”…Masonic historians such as William Bissey, Gary Leazer (quoting Coil’s Masonic Encyclopaedia), and S. Brent Morris, assert that “the Masonic abbreviation G.A.O.T.U., meaning the Great Architect of the Universe, continues a long tradition of using an allegorical name for the Deity.” (wikipedia: Great Architect of the Universe

B – Blue or Blood (or both)
The letter “B” may have started as the Egyptian hieroglyph for floorplan for a house. Phonencian letter “bet” or beth” symbolizes the number 2 in Gematria and is the first letter in the Torah.

C – to see
The letter “C” comes from the same source as the letter “G.” That is Gimel, the third letter of many Semetic alphabets. Originally it may have been an Egyptian hieroglyph for a staff or shepherd’s sling, the weapon David used to kill Goliath. (1 Samuel 17)

D – Dust, Dirt, or most likely, Door
The Semitic letter Dâlet may have developed from the logogram for a door. This might also matter since it seems there is a door for the Sun to find. Names like “Doris” evoke that. It’s possible that there is a mirror meaning, both related to the Sun: dirt & door.

“Well Friday about a week ago, Leroy shootin’ dice, and at the edge of the bar sat a girl named Doris, and ooh that girl looked nice.” – Jim Coce “Bad Bad Leroy Brown” 1973

E – Elephant
E is the 5th letter of the alphabet. The Elephant represents the Sun. It looks like the Roman number “3” turned sideways. I believe the Game is sometimes framed as Mouse vs. Elephant. E is also the most common letter in many languages, and for that reason, it is used to crack a code in Edger Allen Poe’s The Gold Bug. (As far as I can tell, all of Poe’s works included coded references to The Game.)

F – Finger (to accuse someone of a crime)
“Graphically it originally probably depicted either a hook or a club. It may have been based on a comparable Egyptian hieroglyph such as that which represented the word mace.”

Masonic GG – Game/Giant
According to Plutarch, the letter G was invented by a Roman freedman named Spurius Carvilius Ruga. Ruga was also the first man in recorded history to open a private elementary school.

The origin of G is the same as that of C – a heiroglypic representation of a shepherd’s sling.

The traditional masonic symbol is a compass and square, often with a letter G at the center. Somewhere I read that the use of “G” originated in the U.S.A.

H – Horse
The letter H looks like a ladder rung (step up), though the original hieroglyph was more like a fence. I believe that H represents horse which is a financier.

I – Eye
I believe that the Rastafarian “I & I” signifies 2 eyes.

J – Jack (looks like a fish hook)

K – King
The letter K can be traced to the Greek Kappa and Semetic Kaph derived from a pictogram of an open hand.

Similarly, the Egyptian Sun Disc, Aten, is often portrayed with hands at the ends of its rays.

Aten - Sun disc - looks like a disc with rays, hands at the end of each ray

TAD band photo with Loser T ShirtL – Lose, Loser
L is the 12th letter of our alphabet. Its ancestor, Lamedh, was the 12 letter in many Semetic alphabets and “may have come from a pictogram of an ox goad or cattle prod. Some have suggested a shepherd’s staff.”

M – Mouse
In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Hamlet views a play called The Mousetrap in which the murder of his father the King is dramatically re-enacted by actors. It is sometimes referred to as a “play within a play.”

The Game is sometimes framed as cat versus mouse, or elephant versus mouse. The Sun is the elephant, and the Sun is the cat. The old wives tale about elephants being afraid of mice is probably a reference to this.

N – No
The letter N comes from a hieroglyph for “snake” and possibly “fish.”

O – Hole/Sun/Eye

The name of the Phoenician letter was ʿeyn, meaning “eye”, and indeed its shape originates simply as a drawing of a human eye (possibly inspired by the corresponding Egyptian hieroglyph, c.f. Proto-Sinaitic script) Wikipedia: O

P – Pop
The idea is that the left eye is “popped.”

I believe that the word “pop” is partly an acronym and also a double entendre related to the production of soda pop. Carbonated water was invented by Joseph Priestly in 1767 and soda water infused with sugar and herbal flavorings (soda pop) was a popular pharmacy fountain drink in the US during the 19th century.

Our letter P is phonetically equivalent to the Greek letter π (pi). “Pie” or “Pi” which could stand for “pop eye.” The use of π to represent the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter was introduced in the 18th century by Welsh mathematician and Royal Society fellow William Jones. Perhaps when he chose this letter to represent circle ratios, Jones was also thinking about the idea of “pies” and the acronym “P.I.E.” and the Game.

Q – quartermaster?
In James Bond movies, “Q” stands for “Quartermaster” – a person who distributes supplies. Q is derived from the letter Qoph.

The origin of qoph is uncertain. It is usually suggested to have originally depicted either a sewing needle, specifically the eye of a needle (Hebrew קוף, means “hole”), or the back of a head and neck (qāf in Arabic meant “nape”). According to an older suggestion, it may also have been a picture of a monkey and its tail. (Wikipedia: Qoph)

R – Royal / Right / Red
“grrrrr” is the sound of a growling dog.

NURSE; …Doth not rosemary and Romeo begin both with a letter R?
ROMEO: Ay, Nurse, what of that? Both with an R.
NURSE: Ah, mocker, that’s the dog’s name….
– Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet Act 2, scene 4

S – Sun
S derives from the letter Shin which means “teeth”, “press”, and “sharp”; It is the 21st letter in many Semitic abjads. It may come from an Egyptian heiroglyph for “tusk.”

T – T-bone (a barrier)
Sometimes it’s represented by the word “Tea.” There may be a connection to the Boston Tea Party. T comes from Tau, the 19th (Tarot Sun number) letter of the Greek alphabet, which in turn comes from the Phonecian Taw, which is the 22nd (Tarot Fool number) letter looks like an “X”.

Taw is said to have come from a mark or asterisk-like marking, perhaps indicating a signature. Its literal usage in the Torah denotes a wound, or in modern semantics, carving into a surface. (wikipedia: Taw)

Taw is related to Tav, the last letter of the Hebrew alphabet.

In Jewish mythology it was the word emet (truth) that was carved into the head of the golem which ultimately gave it life. But when the letter aleph was erased from the golem’s forehead, what was left was “met” — dead. And so the golem died. (Ibid)

U – U-turn
The letter U, like the letters F, W, and Y, derives from the letter Waw which means hook/peg/spear.

V – Victory
V looks like an inverted pyramid that is open like a cup. It commonly stands for “Victoy.” In Roman numerals, the V shape represents the number 5.

W – West / Win
W means west and/or win. It may be a symbol for the west coast in general, or for the left eye specifically.

X – X (a mark signifying a signature and/or elimination)
X is a symbol for the mark on the Sun, or the Sun’s “dead” eyes. It is related to the Greek letter Φ (Phi) and to “Omega” (end). Omega literally means “great O” (O-mega).

Y – Yes
Derived from waw, 6th letter of the Northwest Semetic family.

scrabble ZZ – End/Omega
The Semetic origin for Z is Zayin which means “weapon” or “sword.”

According to Martianus Capella (De Nuptiis Philologiae et Mercurii, III.261), “Z was abhorrent to Appius Claudius, because it resembles in its expression the teeth of a corpse.” (encyclopaedia romana: miscellanea: zed)

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