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

by Jennifer Ball and Xu Chao Using a Hanzi substructure-search engine designed by Xu Chao and Jennifer Ball Nov. 11, 2018 Thanks to Chinese…

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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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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 the letter “V” means “female” in three different cultures and times

The shape of the letter “V” means “female” in three different cultures and times: Discovered by Denise Schmandt-Besserat, this first character is a Neolithic…

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Illustration of mayaThe "uay" glyph (which is a person's animal spirit while a person sleeps) shows the "Water Lily Jaguar" floating in the sea. The text identifies the jaguar as the "uay" of Seibal's king. Picture from Michael D. Coe’s Breaking the Maya Code (New York, Thames and Hudson, 1992), page 257.

Could Mayan Flowers Really Be Vaginas?

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

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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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Fig. 2 We don't recognize the alphabet's Times Roman capital “B” as related to "mother," but four other cultures do. The Chinese character for “milk” has the "female" radical on the left, and a “B”-shape on right. The Chinese character for “pregnant” has a “B” shape with the word for "child" emerging from its bottom. The Ancient Egyptian hieroglyph for “milk,” rotated 90° clockwise to facilitate comparison was pronounced /irtt/ or "to make TT" which sounds a lot like "tit" or "teat." The Thai character for “mother” has two lower case "b's," which resemble the word "boobs" as well as the actual appendages. The last character is Sumerian for "child," one who sucks milk from her mother. All of these words have both “B” shapes and meanings that relate to "mother." The breast imagery has been highlighted in blue.

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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Maggie Li’s Speech: When Socrates Meets Confucius

Maggie Li, whose real name is pronounced “Lee Chee” (Li Qi is the pinyin) is a friend and student of mine who came in…

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Female substructures (乃,丫,丑,母,etc.) in Chinese script

Females in Chinese Script by Jennifer Ball © February 16, 2011 Why is “Y” at the end of our alphabet? Because the shape of…

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Vaginas depicted in Sumerian: a database with commentary

This is the Sumerian word for “woman,” rotated 90° clockwise. During the development of their writing, the Sumerians rotated everything counter-clockwise by 90° for…

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I aspire to Esperanto, especially if breasts are mamoj…

Breasts are “mamoj” in Esperanto as in “mammaries”? Milk is “lakto” in Esperanto as in “lactose”? Tits are “paroj” in Esperanto as in “pair”?…

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Photo of Avatar character

Men’s taste in women hasn’t changed much

  05/18/2012 / Jennifer Ball / No Comments Avatar, 2010, is seen to the left. Hathor, the cow-woman goddess, circa 500 B.C., is seen…

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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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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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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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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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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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