CLC Etymology

The Evolution of Spoken Language: Proving the Trail of Audible Clues is Causative not Coincidental: B

By 2008 I had amounted enough circumstantial evidence that implied to me that Indo-European spoken/heard languages evolved as a technical upgrade to the body-sign/visual language we had been using in Africa for 2 million years. For that reason, our first spoken consonant sounds were assigned to represent things and actions based on three main factors:

  • 1. The way we made spoken sounds with our mouths mimicked the way we made body-signs with our hands, arms and other body parts, hence the body/sign meanings carried over to the new technology of spoken words.
  • 2. Certain sounds we made to remind us of  known jungle sounds that already had firm definitions cemented in our brains millions of years.
  • 3. Some sounds had onomatopoeic links to reality in the Stone Age world that the creators of spoken word communication lived in.

I believe these three factors alone were and still are the prime drivers of sound-to-meaning links in the Indo-European languages – and likely all the major spoken languages in the world today.

In my 2008 meeting with Noam Chomsky, he advised me that this theory could be proved (or disproved) with simple linguistic/statistics.

What follows here is my explanations for the genesis of the main consonant word-families in English using only this theory. I have published a 320-page book, Deciphering The English Code which details the logical genesis of thousands of basic words, but I am in need of that proof Chomsky referred to.

If  you are a linguistic student, graduate or professor, with a grasp of standard methods of linguistic statistics, and you are interested in exploring uncharted waters and maybe help prove something huge in linguistics, then contact me at  This effort is a bit like Einstein’s effort to prove the nature of gravity, It’s a force that is out there, but no one sees it clearly as of yet.

I will find a way to make this work for both of us. I have been told a unified proof that holds up in Indo-European and Afro-Asiatic languages, may be worthy of a Nobel Prize. But this is not about winning a prize. 

It is my hope this simple outline of the theory will impart enough clarity and inspiration to qualified linguistic-statisticians to jump-start that scientifically acceptable proof process. CLC is short for “common language code”, a term I use to describe the glue that seems connect the prime languages of the world.  Since English letters appear to be hieroglyphs for CLC, it must be a force that was once known at least by some, but was forgotten once the written word became prevalent. The scribes who created our letters seemed to have known this code.

Note that those who learn music by reading it do not have the feel for music like those who first learn by listening. I think that is why these links got lost over time. It’s also why the Suzuki method of learning music is so effective. So CLC becomes a sort of Suzuki method of learning etymology. 

The Genesis of B-Words



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

Two swollen cheeks also resemble a BUTT or a BOTTOM. That association led to words like BASE, BACK, BAJA (Spanish), ALABAMA ( Indian). Because bottoms are deemed to be attractive, the association with BEAUTY words ( belle, beau, bona, yebuda, Korean, i.e., ) was a natural derivative. This association is not confined to English and should hold up in most Indo-European languages.

The BR words are about BRANCHING out (into two initially). A BRIDE is a BRIDGE of sorts. I imagine the first BRIDGE was actually 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 is a branch-like vegetable. BIRTH creates a second body.

The rounded cheeks in blowing led to associations with things round, like balls, balloons, berries, baubles, beads, etc.

So all those words and their extended family derived from factor A. In this case, the way we made the B-sound reminded us of a two-lobed body part and the rest followed in time.

There are other attributes of the B sound. The main other attribute is B’s explosiveness. Buh! That led to associations with words like BOMBS, BATTLE, BASH and things that are generally BAD. BELLIGERENT stems from this association and its ironic juxtaposition to BELLE can now be understood. So this “bad” association stems from the physical, onomatopoeic connection to B’s explosiveness. B-words can have a masculine sense to them for this reason, often in other languages as well.

Those two trails should produce over 90% of basic B-words in English and many other Indo-European languages as well. That is what has to be proven with math.

Finally, the written B resembles the two lobes of the cheeks employed in making a B-sound and the two lobes of a butt as well. This is not coincidental. All letters will be shown to be hieroglyphic in this manner.

Contact me at Let’s get this started. I can afford to pay for one’s time in doing this if need be, but a share of the Nobel prize should be the larger impetus.


CLC stands for Common Language Code. It is a phrase I coined to describe sound-to-meaning codes that hide in Proto-IndoEuropean languages. The first speaking humans already had visual-to-meaning associations built in to our pre-speak way of communication, which was of course body/sign language. Many of those same associations transferred over to sound-to-meaning, after we got better control of our tongues, about 125,000 years ago in Africa.

The easiest way to describe this concept is to give you a prime example. “We LIFT our tongues to say LIFT, ELEVATOR, CEILING, LIGHT, HELIUM …”

Before we spoke, we had to lift our arms to communicate the concept of “lift” or “up”. After we got control of our tongues, we simply inserted into our newfangled speaking machine ( our mouths and tongues) the codes (motions) we had been using for millions of years to communicate. What else could we do really? Start from scratch? Not! New technology is always built upon a previous technology. That is an undeniable scientific staple.

And that is the guts of my discovery. These codes work with a high degree of uniformity for all the consonant sounds in English. There are exceptions of course, but the correlation is so large that it becomes obvious that sounds reliably have specific meanings in English.

I have uncovered that written English letters function as little hieroglyphs that describe the essence of these CLC codes. It’s why B looks like a butt, C looks like a claw, and S looks like a snake. But to fully grasp those “whys” you’ll need to get familiar with the book. It’s searchable at Amazon and you can also just ask me about it here:

If you are trying to understand English as a second language, and want to know what drives it and how it compares to your native language, this book – as long as you can read basic English – will change your world. If you are a writer, what you will discover will become essential tools in your arsenal of words. And if you are just curious about where words come from, it’s written in a fun way that anyone can learn from. It was intentionally written that way because all the world’s citizens need to learn that we are all brothers – that we are not each others enemies. (Though we are often taught that.) Our languages, which appear on the surface to be different, are really very closely aligned. Discover that almost universal alignment in Deciphering The English Code.


Below are the posts on etymology. I have become quite the anti-Trump blogger so I thought I will post only etymology posts here. I was in a class with Trump in 1969 (Penn) where the initial spark of this book was discovered by another student there – long ago.  That student passed away in 2003, and I began to think about something we spoke about in 1969. That is how this discovery was made. I still find that amazing. 

#5 OR ~ the Hebrew “Light-Word”

OR is the Hebrew word for light. Unlike EL (elevator, helium) and LI (light, lift) which derive their original meanings from the lifting of the the tongue employed when saying “EL” , OR derives its Common Language Code (CLC) meaning from other physical attributes of the sun and light.

The “O” in OR symbolizes roundness – because one makes a rOund mOuth to say “O”. The roundness of the sun is represented by the “O” in OR.

R is the most energetic of the English consonant sounds, (and this is probably true in any language).  R or RRRR is like the growl of a large jungle cat. That sound had real meaning for us for millions of years in the jungle. That core meaning did not disappear when we learned to control our tongues and communicate with words. There is eneRgy inherent in almost all English R-words.

The sum of O+R represents “round energy”; hence it represents the sun and it’s light. If you find the OR sound within an English word it often represents concepts like light, fire and heat. TORCH, ORANGE, ORE, MORNING, HORIZON, AURA and FURNACE ( originally FORNACE in Italian ) are good examples.

You might ask, what does “word” have to do with light? But you have likely heard of the old Biblical phrase, “Spread the light, spread the word.” There is apparently an ancient equivalency between the concepts of light and sound, hence words.  Both light and sound would appear to transfer energy ( or travel ) almost instantaneously to a primitive being. That is why English words like LIBRARY, LEXICON and LITERATURE refer to words, and also why there is an OR(an AURA really) within the word, WORD.

Leonard Cohen wrote: There is a blaze of light in every word. He knew this association instinctively. 



So if you see some logic in the theorem that some English L-words seem to be about things that are lifted in nature, and you think it is potentially non-coincidental that one lifts one tongue to say these very same English L-words, then you have one notch of proof that English is a Stone age language that has evolved into the world’s most known and influential language. I am aware that it’s going to take a lot more notches to convince many of you of this. Hang on. We’ve got plenty of notches on all the consonants.

So lets look through some English L-words that seem to be related to things lifted or lifting.

A levy lifts things up, as does a lever. A well is an elevator for water. (W+ELL) Oil (O+IL) is lighter than water; “o” is an ancient word for water with living progeny in French (eau) and cousins in English, osmosis ( water-motion ).


Light is the ultimate light thing; it has no weight either, so light is light. That’s not a coincidence. You need light to see, so look is derived from lux, a Latin relative in the lifted L-word family. Of course there is helium, which goes up – and that is supposed to come from Greek. But helium’s root source is much older than Ancient Greece; it derives from the lifted tongue employed to create an L-sound. We’ve just lost the trail back.

Light travels in a line — and so a family of linear words was spawned which now includes words like list and limbo. Scientific words like longitude and latitude were created when we became more scientific, but the relation to the core concepts of lifting and light were never lost to English L-words.

A ladder takes you up. An elephant lifts his trunk. A loft is a room on high (and not low.)  A hill takes you up. A lens lets light in. A lid seems not to have much to do with light until you think about the first known lid, the eyelid. The eyelid stops light! (li+d) And the “d” at the end of a word (or a “t”) often signifies an end, as in end and splat.

And of course, life itself is dependent upon light. Humans have known this for a very long time, and that is why these words are somewhat similar.


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.



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 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, almost regardless of language.



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





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 3 basic qualities of English S-words are: 

  • things that move owing to the continuing sound of SSS.
  • things that are duplicated, plural or that continue over time
  • things or actions that are small in some way                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   The SUN begins with an S in English, PIE  and Afro-Asian languages because it was perceived as a fire that burnt without end and quietly as well. Things that are large and super powerful like the sun, like SUPER, SUMMIT, SUMMER, and SHAH ( arabic, ruler) got named with S words owing to this perceived connection. And SUPER is opposite of SMALL. So that can throw one for a loop. It is because the sun was perceived as being forever powerful (the sun was the first god of course) but also quiet, that we have this dichotomy. And from sunny inspiration, words for things that are south or underneath (sub, sous, French) evolved.                                                                                                                                                                                                           The permanence and quietness of the sun preceded and inspired these connections. It is predictable that if a word for sun does not begin with S in a language, it will begin with a consonant that can be held out, like RRR. I would be surprised if a sun-word ever began with a consonant that can not be held out.