The Etymology of Britain

With all the talk about Brexit, I thought I would share the etymology of the word Britain with my followers. Doggerland was an area of land, now lying beneath the southern North Sea, that connected Great Britain to mainland Europe during and after the last Ice Age. It was then gradually flooded by rising sea levels around 6,500–6,200 BCE.


Etymonline records that Britt-os was the Celtic name for the inhabitants of Britain at the time of Jesus.  In Greek they were recorded as Prittanoi, which is said to mean “tattooed people.

Granted the Brits of 2000 years ago may have been tattooed people, but this does not mean that the word BRIT meant tattoo. Most English words that start with BR- have something to do with bridges. A BRIDE is a BRIDGE and so is a BRIBE. A BROTHER is like a genetic BRANCH within a family. BROCCOLI is a branch-like vegetable. A BROOK is a small stream that BRANCHES off a larger river or stream.

This is not linguistic coincidence. This is the two lobes in the written letter B, representing the two lobes of the cheeks employed while making the B sound, playing out in spoken language and preserved for over 2ooo years!


In my opinion this BR sound has meant two – like BI does as well – since the Dawn of Speak, 100,000 years ago. So BRITAIN seems to mean BRIDGE TERRAIN, which is what it was. In fact the -TAIN in BRITAIN is the same -TAIN in MOUNTAIN, which obviously refers to a land area (that is mounded).

There would have been centuries of time when the land in what was Doggerland would have resembled a bridge area. S0 while I accept that the people in that area 2000 years ago were tattooed, I believe they named themselves for a word in their vocabulary that would have referred to the concept of a BRIDGE in their tongue and in most tongues in that general area back then. This is an example of CLC, Common Language Code, which  you can learn more about in my book, Deciphering the English Code. 



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To educators: When you are armed with the knowledge of where words truly originated, you see and are able to easily communicate how the sounds of images of words and letters relate to the things they describe. It makes full comprehension of complex words much easier – almost intuitive.  Since Common Language Code ( CLC)  works in the arena of body/sign language, it translates well over many languages. So if you have ESL students, what you will learn in Deciphering the English Code will be extremely helpful for them. They will be able to relate the codes back to their native tongues, and learn in both languages simultaneously.










What did SPIRIT originally mean?

By properly dissecting English words, we can figure out what the entire word first meant, when it was created. SPIRIT should be dissected this way: S + PIRIT.

What you have then is PIR, which is an alternate word for FIRE! You might recognize it in the phrase funeral pyre. Pyre is a Greek Word for fire. When an “S” starts an English word, it may often refer to motion. (Slither, send, ship, ski, etc.) So what we have in SPIRIT is a MOVING FIRE.

The original sense of SPIRIT refers to a fire which moves within us.


SPIRIT is also part of the family of SPIRE-words, like INSPIRE, ASPIRE, and RESPIRE. And today we know that respiration is about oxidation, the fuel for the fire of life that burns within us all. The ancients did not have it wrong. Their metaphors proved out to be right on, once we became biological scientists. Quite amazing.

The Secret Meaning of English Letters: S

hieroThe Egyptians used little pictures called HIEROGLYPHS to write their language. English letters are like hieroglyphs because there are secret meanings for the sounds that letters represent in English words.

This book series will let you know what those secret meanings are. You can figure out what words mean, just by knowing the secret meanings of English letters.




Because SHH is a very quiet SMALL SOUND, SHH means “be quiet” in almost every language on Earth. And because S or SH can be so SMALL in sound, many English words that start with S are about things that are SMALL. The S in SILENCE represents that smallness in sound.







SKINNY small

Because women are PRINCESSusually SMALLER than men in size, there are words like PRINCESS and COUNTESS. The Algonquin Indian word for woman is SQUAW. And the Hebrew word for woman is EESHAH, which became the English word SHE. This code exists in many languages besides English.



A grain of SAND is small.  SAD is a small way of feeling. 

sand sad.jpg shysoft

People who are SHY, prefer to be small with their words. SOFTNESS is a smooth, small touch feeling.




S is about MOTION ( pronounced MO-SHUN)

S is also a sound that can be held out for a long time. Say SSSSS, and hold it out for long time. Because the sound continues, English words about continuing or MOVING often start with S.

soccer SHOES

The S in SHOES, SOCKS and SOCCER represents motion. Here are other words wherein S represents motion: Ski, slip, slide, ship, send, spring, sneak, serve, surge,
swim, swing, shimmy, shuttle, shake.

spring                        slide         ski

SWIM: S is for motion. W is for WATER.




A SCHOOL of fish move together. How about SCHOOL children? They move through the grades together? In fact, the CHOOL in SCHOOL is there because kids go through school in grades which are like collective groups.


slow    shoot

SLOW is LOW SPEED MOTION                   SHOOT is MOTION that goes OUT of a gun

SWING and SWIRL refer to circular motion.


The shape of the letter S was inspired by a certain snake called a puff adder. It has long
been considered to be Africa’s most dangerous snake because of it is aggressive, large, and has strong poison and will bite. If disturbed, the puff adder will hiss continuously,
hold its body in a taut S-shape ready to strike! The African puff adder has the SSSS sound and the S-shape all rolled up inside it.

snake    106a

The PUFF ADDER has the motion, shape and sound of the letter S.


Sound and light waves move very quickly. That is why many words that refer to speaking and even singing, start with S.


People can remember songs easier than plain words. So, before there was writing and reading, people used songs to remember their history! They had no books, but they made up songs about what their grandfathers did and sang them at night around the camp fire.  That’s why we can remember songs so easily! We have been doing this for a long time.

SAY, SING, SONG, SPEAK, SPELL, and SHOUT are all S-words about SOUNDS that we make to communicate.

Here Comes the Sun


The sun is a huge fire that burns 93 million miles away. Even though it would be loud if you got near, here on earth it seems to burn SILENTLY and last a long time. And so because the SUN as quiet (like a S) and lasts a long time ( like an S) , in English and many other languages, words for the SUN – often start with S. SOLAR, SHINE, SHADE and SHADOW are good examples.





In the Middle East, words for SUN are SHEMESH (Hebrew), and SAHAI (Ethiopian). SAHAI is why the big desert in Africa is called the SAHARA – the area of the sun. (sahai+area=SAHARA)


sahara   shah

And since everyone always knew that the SUN is SUPREME and provides the power for all life, words that mean “a supreme ruler” often start with an S. SUPER, SHAH, SIR, SHEIK, SULTAN and CZAR.

Note: the CZ in CZAR sounds basically like an S, so CZ works like an S. The sound of a word is more important than the letters in it, mainly because long ago, people did not read. There were no books originally.  S ⇔ C ⇔ Z





Because you can hold the SSSS sound out for a long time, when S is on the end of many English words, it extends those words as well – it makes them plural. So it’s one DOG, but two DOGS. One BANANA but two BANANAS. By putting an S on the end of an English word, you extend that word, because the S is itself an extended sound.

English is very logical, once it is explained.

The 5 basic qualities of English S-words are:

In English words, S’s usually describe:

  1. things that move
  2. things that are large and super powerful like the sun
  3. things that are small in some way
  4. things that are duplicated, plural or that continue on in time
  5. things that are south or underneath
    1. the word part SUS means “under” in a word. SUSPECT means to look under. SUPPORT means to carry from under. A SUBMARINE goes under the water.




Why does the letter B resemble a Butt?

If you have been following me, you know I view all English letters as hieroglyphs that represent a visual image that our Stone Age ancestors had in their minds and associated with the sound or the creation of that sound. The letter B poses a glaring example of this concept.

Two Cheeks employed when blowing and making an exaggerated B sound


When we makes a BUH sound, we summon our two cheeks to sort of swell up and pop! Try it.That is the same function when BLOWING a poison dart or BUBBLES. The earliest B-words were associated with BLOWING, BUBBLES, BALLS and the concept of TWO (BI, BOTH).

The two cheeks also resemble a BUTT or BOTTOM. That association led to words like BASE, BACK, BAJA (Spanish), ALABAMA ( Indian). This association is not confined to English.

And the word BEAUTY comes from the admiration of the BUTT. In other languages you will find B-words to mean BEAUTY. BEAU, (Fr.)BELLA (It.), BONITA (Sp.), YEBUDA ( Korean) etc.

The BR words are about BRANCHING out (into two initially). A BRIDE is a BRIDGE of sorts.I imagine the first BRIDGE was a BRANCH, right? What else could it have been? A BROOK is a river’s branch. BREAST is a two pronged branch of sorts.BROCCOLI even fits in.

All English consonants first functioned just like this, and their shapes preserve the original meanings of those sounds. That must be because the scribes who created those shapes knew these associations, about 5-10,000 years ago, when writing began. Once writing and reading took hold, the need to know the associations went away, and in a matter of a few generations, that knowledge was lost to humanity. My book presents more of an archaelogical dig or discovery than a theory.

Deciphering the English Code reveals the building blocks of thought-word conjunctions in a way anyone can understand –  with simple visuals. Since visual language predated spoken language, it underpins our spoken words, regardless of language.

Stay tuned.

What is the etymology of “Jewish”?

Jew or Jewish are words known world-wide to represent the people who wrote the Bible 5000 years ago, and classically believe in monotheism. But where did the word JEW come from?

There are also the longer words – Judaism and Judea. Judaism is the relevant word. It ends with “daism” – clearly a “deity” word. So you are left with JUD-GOD.

So then what is JUD? The Hebrew word for ONE is EHUD – in Syrian, it’s WAHUD. And the English word EACH is suspiciously close to EHUD, if you say EACH with the Hebraic guttural CH sound.

So then it’s clear. JUDAISM means ONE GOD. ( JUD+DEITY ) It’s totally logical and traces out. JEW is just a contraction of JUDEA or JUDAISM.

There is also a theory that JUD resembles YUD (or YOD), the Hebrew word for ARM. The sense exists that yod is the arm of God. But it’s not the “arms of god”.. It’s the singular outstretched arm of God.

Meh? I think this makes some sense too. But it feels more distant than the “one god” concept. Before we had deities to worship, we worshipped the sun. And the Egyptians clearly saw the sun as the eye of a giving God. ( Hence the famous eye of Ra. )

Since, here on earth, we need an arm to give with, the gifts of nature/god got linked with an arm to give with. That too makes sense. But not as much as the simplicity of the ONE GOD theory.

So the JUD in JUDaism  ( YUD, JUDE or HUD ) refers to ONE. Even in the seemingly very English word, HUDSON, I am feeling the HUD refer to ONE. I don’t feel a large gap between languages, not even the English and Arabic languages.