The dictionary on this site contains a square with ten boxes. Read left to right, these boxes spell out the alphabetical order used in this dictionary. Each box links to one or more pages of text that begin with its respective "sound group." For example, clicking the box labled H will take you to a list of words beginning with the sounds [letters] associated with sound group H.
Mirror History dictionary is basically a research tool. Primarily a research tool for investigating the history [etymology] of words. If you know the basic sound sequence for a particular word and are familar with the alphabetical order used in this dictionary, you can then navigate to that particular place in the dictionary and find any number of words with the same sequence. In this way it becomes possible to expedite the study of individual letters and words. With the aid of Mirror History Dictionary you can literally take a word apart letter by letter [sound by sound] and look at the "popular apparent history" for each component.
Currently I am developing two additional resources to expand this site. One is an O.T. [Old Testament] section for exploring the language of the Bible. The other is a Timeline of world history. The three sections combined - Dictionary, O.T., and Timeline - offer pages and pages of literary data. Unless you are a cyborg or some other form of artificial intelligence, it would not be practical to read the data [from cover to cover] like a book. More practical it would be to consider the data as reference material only.
Mirror History may reflect any number of different images depending on the observer; images ranging from pleasant to unpleasant. Mirror History claims ownership to such images no more than a mirror reflecting what is put in front of it. Its nature is to reflect what it sees, and only the observer can define what that is. For example, many people define history according to what appears to make sense to them personally. For other people history resembles the classical form of "God," or some far removed outside authority to which they sacrifice the freedom to think for themselves.
Because this material was originally designed for my own personal use I had to spend a considerable amount of time building bridges so that others could use it as well. The material then became a blessing and a curse. A blessing, because it forced me to simplify data. A curse, because I elected to compromise the integrity of this work by exposing it to the skepticism of popular ignorance. - E.M.
Sound group H includes the letters H, A, and E (when short) because each of these letters evidence fundamental sounds that fall within a common range. The sound for this group appears to emanate from the very sound of "silence" itself. The basic sound is "heh," or "hah." It admits the least amount of restriction or limitation. Words beginning with the letters H, A, and sometimes E and I [when short] will be found in this group. The numerical value for sound group H is 0.
Sound group I includes the letters I and E (when long), Y, and sometimes J (depending on language). It gives the high-pitched I and E sounds. To pronounce this fundamental sound the human vocal apparatus begins to narrow, or restrict the amount of air flow moving out from the mouth. Letters Y and J are included on account of their historical relationship with I. In this group you can find words that begin with the letters I, E, Y, and sometimes J. The numerical value for sound group I is 1.
Sound group U includes the letters U, W, O, and V. It gives the long U and O sounds. Pronunciation for U necessitates a further restriction on the amount of air flow moving through the human vocal apparatus. The position of the mouth for sounds H and I will not create this sound. Letters W and V inhabit this group on account of their affiliation with U. The U sound group includes words that begin with U, O, W, and V. The numerical value for sound group U is 2.
Sound group S includes the letters S, Z, Ts and X (depending on language). The basic sound here is self-explanitory. It's gives a hissing sound. The mouth position for creating this sound requires an even greater closure than the previous sound groups. Here you will find words beginning with S, Sh, Z, Ts, and sometimes X. The numerical value for sound group S is 3.
Sound group N. The fifth place in this alphabet is occupied by the letter N. The basic sound here is self-explanitory. All of the words in this group begin with the letter N. The numerical value for sound group N is 4.
Sound group M. The sixth place is occupied by the letter M. The sound here is also self-explanitory, but unlike the previous sound group (N), the sound for M requires closed lips. The M sound is not pronounced when the lips are open, but the passage of air for sound group M is routed through the nose. The distinction between sound groups N and M can be observed when pronouncing the sound of N, and then closing the lips. Once the lips close, the sound vibration descends to M. In this group are found words that begin with the letter M. The numerical value for sound group M is 5.
Sound group R. The seventh place in this alphabet is occupied by the letters R and L. Here the air leaving the body becomes restricted in volume even more as the tongue rolls farther back in the mouth. Compared with the previous sound groups, R and L give a grosser vibration and a deeper sound. Pronounce the sounds N, M, and R in sequence and you will be able to hear a descending tone. This simple exercise can be used for any connected sound sequence in this alphabet. For example: H, I, U; I, U, S; U, S, N; S, N, M, etc. In every case the audible sound graduates along a scale of vibrations from high to low. The R sound group contains words that begin with the letters R and L. The numerical value for sound group R is 6.
Sound group C. The eighth place is occupied by the letters C, K, G, J (depending on language), Q, and X (depending on language). Here the channel for air is nearly cut off. In order for this sound to admit itself, it must necessarily move through the most narrow and restricted opening so far. The C sound group contains words that begin with C, K, G, Q and sometimes J and X. The numerical value for sound group C is 7.
Sound group P. The ninth position is occupied by the letters F (depending on language), P, B, & V (depending on language). Here the volume of air becomes more restricted and less vibratory. The numerical value for sound group P is 8.
Sound group T. The tenth position is occupied by the letters T & D. Here the volume of air becomes the most restricted and the least vibratory. The numerical value for sound group T is 9.
To better familarize yourself with the ten sound groups, see: Contemplation Seeds.
*Note: In the earlier version of the dictionary I used nine [1-9] sound groups [HIUSNMRCP] instead of ten [0-9] [HIUSNMRCPT]. In that earlier version I had sound groups P and T combined into one group - called [P]. Accordingly, all of the words now in groups P & T [F, P, B, T, D] were once given the same placement value - as many of the current word placements still testify. - E.M.
It might prove difficult to follow an alphabetical order different from the one that you were taught in school. The mind is a creature of habit and will not easily yield to radical change of thought. Until this is done, however, the mind will remain subject to the jumbled order of words in our English dictionaries. Why are the letters D and T (and all the words that begin with them) listed pages apart in the English dictionary? Especially when those letters share such a close historical relation? How could we recognize common roots in this way? Other examples include the letters B, P, and F, which also share common roots. The same holds true for C, K, and G. What do these letter groups share in common? A child could give us the answer. They share the same basic sounds! Now, why are such similar sounds placed so far apart in our alphabet? Should they not be closer together?
Does anybody really know the purpose for the arrangement of letters in the English or Roman alphabets? Did the Romans? Is the Greek alphabet older than Latin? And if so, did the Greeks know the reason for the order of their alphabet? Similar to Greek, the Hebrew alphabet attributes names for each letter in its alphabet. Why? What is the reason for the order of letters in our alphabet? and why weren't we taught about this in school?
Is it possible that the Greek and Hebrew alphabets originally told a story? This becomes a practical possibility when considering that each letter originally had a name attached to it. In essence, a word! In this case the arrangement of letters might illustrate nothing more than the order of words in a sentence, or a story. It would be similar to constructing a large numerical series consisting of several different digits, like your Social Security number. There is a reason for doing this, but the arrangement of numbers is only arbitrary - it is NOT the fundamental arrangement of numbers!
I have constructed an alphabet consisting of ten basic sounds and identified each letter in the English alphabet with one of them. The result is a radical change to the way words are normally listed. It's something like taking the number 72316459108 and changing it to 12345678910. But why do this? In order to explore the fundamental relationship between each symbol! Mirror History dictionary is arranged according to descending order of vibration (H, I, U, S, N, M, R, C, P [T] ). This order is what you will need to remember in order to locate a word herein.
It's really not difficult to consider an alphabetical order of ten basic sounds. It makes more sense than the arbitrary 26 letters found in the English alphabet. More than making sense, I've found this to be one of the most revealing orders for listing words that one can imagine. It helps to bring words of related origin and meaning closer together. To begin, I suggest clicking the sound group box labled I. This group is probably the easiest one to identify with. The "I" sound group is very insightful and shorter than most of the others. - E.M.
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