Introduction to "Mirror History" Dictionary
It implies a lot of trust to follow an alphabetical order without knowing the reason why. Have you any idea why the English alphabet is arranged the way it is? What about it's older ancestors? Latin? Greek? Hebrew? How long have these alphabets been around during the nearly 5 billion years of Earth's existence? A, B, C, D, E, F, G? What does that mean? If there is any major unsolved mystery, perhaps it is this!
The dictionary on this site is not listed in standard alphabetical order and a further word about the reason why is called for. The English ABC's sung by school children today do not phonetically represent a progressive scale of the natural 26 letter sounds. There is no long e in the natural sound of the letters B, C, D, G, P, T, V, and Z. There is no short e in the natural sound of the letters F, L, M, N, S, and X. Furthermore, there is no "double" in the natural sound of W. All of these examples show editions to the sounds of the English alphabet. The Hebrew and Greek alphabets assign words [names] to the letters in their alphabets as well, but the reason why is still largely anybody's guess.
To specify the particular order [alphabet] for sounds and symbols is to specify the recorded order for words. If you want to illustrate the historical relationships between words and catalog the findings within a single dictionary you might first want to think long and hard before defining the alphabetical order for that dictionary. It was exactly this situation I found myself in a number of years ago. I looked at the English alphabet and I asked the question "Why?" "Why is the English alphabet in the order that it is?" I looked at English, German, Latin, Greek, Akkadian, Sumerian, Hebrew, Egyptian, Arabic, Persian, Sanskrit, Mandarin, Mayan, Aztec, Native American, Polynesian, Gaelic, Norse, African, and other languages. I asked myself, "Which is the proper authority on alphabets?" I looked at the English Bible, The Hebrew Torah, The Bhagavadgita, The I Ching, The Mayan Calendar, Tibetan Buddhism, World Mythologies and other related subjects to gain further insight into the meaning of sounds and symbols. Several years ago [1996-1997] I discovered the alphabetical order that I use today. Since that time my personal dictionary has grown from nearly two thousand to more than fourteen thousand words. I continue to research sounds and symbols by remembering to ask the question why? "Why did a particular symbol, a particular word or a particular definition become popular?" Such questions have blazed a critical trail for etymology exploration. A trail that naturally led to a deeper study of the Bible and World History. The Bible, because for a number of years the Bible symbolized the most popular source for recorded world history. World history, because the Bible is not the only source for recorded world history.
When contemplating factors influencing the definition of sounds and symbols throughout history, one of the greatest factors to consider is time. Relative to time, sounds and symbols generally change to reflect the conventions of world society. Sponsored by personal preference, personal education, and personal understanding time attempts to satisfy any number of cultural appetites; most notably peer pressure and popular opinion. The Hebrew and Greek alphabets record roughly two or three different letters for the basic sounds of H, A, T, K, and S. Is it any wonder then that modern linguistics study resembles a phonetic circus?
The English alphabet in the form that we find it today is simply a product of society. It resembles the basic alphabetical recipe followed for a number of years. Mirror History dictionary gives the same basic ingredients found within the English alphabet, but it illustrates the recorded order for those ingredients differently. Such a phenomena is not unique within the evolution of language alphabets. English, Latin, Greek and Hebrew have all made changes to their alphabets over time. Taking advantage of Mirror History dictionary depends on the acquired habit of viewing letters in context to their basic sound components and understanding those components as levels of vibration within a measured scale of high and low frequencies. For further explanation about the alphabetical order used in this dictionary see: Viewer Instructions.
I hope this introduction helps to explain my reasons for introducing change to the English alphabet. It came as a natural result of having scanned below the surface of what stands to superficially mystify language history for generations to come." - E.M.
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