Cross Analysis of Ancient Written Language

The Role of the “Groove” 卯 Character in Chinese Writing: 69 characters and 22 definitions

byJennifer Ball and Xu ChaoUsing a Hanzi substructure-search engine designed by Xu Chao and Jennifer BallNov. 11, 2018 Thanks to Chinese Text Project, zhdict.net/dictionary,…

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The Role of the “Youth/Essence” 青/靑 Character in Chinese Writing

byJennifer Ball and Xu ChaoUsing a Hanzi substructure-search engine designed by Xu Chao and Jennifer BallNov. 11, 2018 Thanks to Chinese Text Project, Wiktionary,…

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The Role of the Female 女 Character in Chinese Writing: 1,495 characters and 645 definitions

by Jennifer Ball and Xu Chao Using a Hanzi substructure-search engine designed by Xu Chao and Jennifer Ball Nov. 5, 2018 Thanks to Chinese…

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Role of the “Opposite Dog “犭 Character in Chinese Writing: 630 Characters 278 definitions

by Jennifer Ball and Xu Chao Using a Hanzi substructure-search engine designed by Xu Chao and Jennifer Ball Aug. 16, 2018 Semantic Breakdown of…

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Are Jiahu Symbols Writing? Probably

In Chinese, a common type of sentence is four characters; this four-character sentence is known as a “chengyu” 成语. A chengyu is not dissimilar…

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Duh, I own it: Possession is Universal

的 de (no tone) = of (possessive), target, bull’s eye Portraying ownership was one of the first usages of writing. “This is mine” was…

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We all emerge from an egg stored in a secret place — 我们都来自隐秘在某处的一枚卵

excerpt: 我们都来自隐秘在某处的一枚卵

请注意以下中国汉字间的联系:

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Hair as a Medium for Communication

One’s hairstyle projects one’s status. Female hair telegraphs availability. Certain styles indicate “not yet: this wearer is too young to bear children.” Early communication was often about a female’s ability to carry offspring.

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The shape of “V” means “female” in three different cultures and times

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I'll stop wearing black when they invent a darker color

#NoMoreDarkIsBad

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Black is the New Black

#NoMoreBlackIsBad

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Mother or Donkey? They are both beasts of burden

Soundwise, it’s a close call in Sumerian—Ama vs. Eme. Ama is “mother” in Sumerian 863 times; eme is “donkey” 354 times and “tongue” 178…

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Tail = kun in cuneiform

Or would that be tail = cun? The word “tail” has many meanings, but on an animal it is a flag to say, “Here…

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The Relationship of Stork to Child is 5,000 Years Old

The suggestive nature of the lily, as seen above, is a clue as to why these flowers were so important to early humans. The…

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Illustration of mayan character for Water Lily and Jaguar

Could Mayan Flowers Really Be Vaginas?

Is this really a Water Lily? Especially considering the package this jaguar is sporting? (See reddened circle.) The bisymmetry of the “u uay” character,…

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More evidence that the “V” shape means “female”— this time in Linear B (circa 1,450 BC)

The vagina is the most consistently represented concept in all writing across all literate cultures. Female mammals are the basis of written language.

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The complementary relationship between female and male animal signs suggests that these signs are not arbitrary.

Sumerian symbols for animals depict their genitals

The complementary relationship between female and male animal signs in cuneiform suggests that these signs are not arbitrary. The authors of Archaic Bookkeeping did…

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“V” has meant “female” for 6,400 years

The top character means “female sheep/ewe.” This marking and the examples below are taken from Before Writing Vol. I (©1992) by Denise Schmandt-Besserat, page 143. The complex…

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Chinese word for “heart” 心 comes from a penis

The website http://hanziyuan.net/ (originally ChineseEtymology.org) is phenomenal, and the amount of work put into it is impressive, but I think it’s pretty clear from…

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“Covert Sexism in Mandarin Chinese” by David Moser

Sino-Platonic Papers Number 74 January, 1997 David Moser Dept. of Asian Languages and Cultures University of Michigan     Introduction Western linguists have been…

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I can almost speak fluent Chinese

Prototype for a Substructure – Searchable Database of Hanzi

Let’s say… …you wanted to find all incidents of 卯 in every Chinese character, which right now you cannot. You would take a cursor…

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Letter A: From Hawk to Ox

The oldest Egyptian hieroglyphs to have been discovered were inscribed around 3200 BC, fully formed, with no clear antecedent. This is more than 5,000…

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Chinese cat script superimposed over Ancient Egyptian cat script.

“Meow” is just another name for “cat”

Meow. We know this is the sound a cat makes. Five thousand years ago, so did the Ancient Egyptians. They just pronounced it “miw,”…

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Princesses celebrate with hidden word "princess"

Breasts, Vaginas, and Tools: Musings on the roots of our alphabet

If you want to describe something to someone, but neither of you speak the same language, drawing a picture is the simplest way to…

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Thank you Steven Pinker

 And thank you for writing me words of advice twice and recommending I contact MaryAnne Wolf a few years ago about my theory that…

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Eyes come in pairs in many written languages

Eyes come as a pair, even when you’re only talking about one

My Business Card in Chinese and English  

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George Lakoff

To the Berkeley Professor of Linguistics:

August 6, 2012 Dear Dr. Lakoff: I would like to get a Ph.D. under you studying metaphors in Chinese characters and their correspondent meanings…

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Dismembered Coyolxauhqui aztec goddess of the moon

Sex and War are inextricably linked

Quotes from Sex and War How Biology Explains Warfare and Terrorism and Offers a Pathto a Safer World by Malcolm Potts and Thomas Hayden,…

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Cantonese characters for penis and vagina

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Argument for a Structural Analysis of Chinese Characters

㧕 to feel or touch with hands; to hold, to lay the hand on, to cover jiu4 liu3 yu2 (lau5) 捫 lay hands on;…

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4 = West = Wine

A Structural Analysis of Written Chinese The book Reading and writing Chinese: a guide to the Chinese writing system, the student’s 1,020 list, the…

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Milk is Too Sexy for My Mouth

Why is “milking” an issue a pejorative? Because men only know this word in the context of masturbation. – Jennifer Ball Why is it…

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Mother Crab-eating macaque feeding her baby on concrete fence in the park

Why is “Milking” a Bad Word???

Why is “milking”an issue a pejorative? Because men only know this word in the context of masturbation. – Jennifer Ball

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Female body parts are at the root of written language

“Slave Girl” in Chinese and “female” in Sumerian are oddly alike

丫= “slave girl” in Chinese    = “woman” in Sumerian This similarity should make you think about the alphabet’s letter Y. It starts words…

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Why does “uncle” in Hebrew look like “TIT”?

Why does דוד mean “uncle, beloved” in Hebrew? Is this an amazing coincidence to TIT or are humans simple? I’m going with simple. The…

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Mothers are flowers, aren’t they?

“Mother,” “son,” and “flower”: all have breast imagery in the Maya hieroglyphs Son   Mother Flower

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Rice congee looks a lot like semen

The roots of “Please 请” are kind of messy

请 Please qing3 = please   The right-hand phonetic 青 is also in the word for“semen”: 精 jing1. This makes sense: the bottom is the moon stand-in…

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Grand Tetons

太太, tt, TT, דד all mean “boobs” in Chinese/English/Hebrew

太太 = Mrs. tàitài tai4 tai4 Think about a “Mrs.” at a time of no birth control. These two “tais” represent breasts. “Tài tài”…

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Sumerian Titillation

Early Porn musician goddess prostitute, fox rotated 90° cw Sumerian cuneiform 2600–2500 BC   Cuneiform depiction and definition are from the Pennsylvania Sumerian Dictionary …

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Sumerian sign for "seed."

“Seed” in Sumerian

Based on this character for “seed,” do you think the Sumerians understood sex? Note that the Akkadian word for “seed” is “zeru,” which is…

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Fish plus salt equals harmony in Sumerian cuneiform.

Harmony “hamun” is fish plus salt in Sumerian

Sumerian cuneiform is considered the oldest written language. Sumerian is the spoken language, cuneiform is the script; just like English is our language, but…

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Music, the ultimate narcotic, lulls one to sleep (along with milk)

05/27/2011 / No Comments Musician “Nar” is the Sumerian word for “musician” 643 times, yet this character looks like a female cat holding up…

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“Lady Gaga” meant “wet nurse” in Sumerian

Lady Gaga vs. Emegagu Emegagu is the Sumerian word for “wet nurse.” It translates as “female with milk,” but it sounds like the name…

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Could “Diddly squat” have come from the Babylonians?

Could “diddly squat” have come from the Babylonians?   Didi meant “small” in cuneiform. When things are small, you might have several, like children or wives. When…

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Breasts vs. Testes: which primate has the largest? Jared Diamond knows

“Asymmetric adultery laws…genital mutilation of women: these behaviors are unique to the human species, defining humanity as does the invention of the alphabet.” —…

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Greek and Sumerian agree: Malag/malakos = prostitute/secondary wife—And an excellent source of milk

“Milkah” meant “queen” in the Bible, possibly because she bore her uncle eight children, because that was the kind of relationship you had with…

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Who knew Sumerians were just like electricians?

Sumerian signs for sheep and goats with male to female correspondence. Signs taken from Archaic Bookkeeping by Hans J. Nissen, Peter Damerow, Robert K.Englund, and…

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Women and children are itty-bitty and often confused for idiots

Roots of the Word “Idiot”

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Talk Dirty to Me in Sumerian

  Talk Dirty to Me in Sumerian by Jennifer Ball

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Seal Script addendum to “Meow”

Addendum to “‘Meow’ is just another name for ‘Cat’” Seal Script underpinnings by Jennifer Ball © January 28, 2011   The word “cultivated” is…

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