Words

In the various sections of this website, I would like to suggest that words carry meaning inside themselves – not their dictionary definition, not the meaning we give them according to their sound or sounds, but an inherent meaning, a meaning contained in the letters of which they are composed. Dictionaries give the meaning of words (their definition) and their evolution over a period of time (their origin and etymology). This is horizontal: words may be taken from another language, they evolve over time until reaching their current form.

 

What I would like to look at is meaning inside the words themselves. This is vertical and happens regardless of time, outside of time, past, present and future.

 

Teachers of English, to demonstrate the tenses of verbs, draw a timeline on the whiteboard, a horizontal line that starts on the left (the past), continues across the board (somewhere in the middle is the present) and ends on the right (the unknown future). For this line to be drawn, however, there must be a white space: the whiteboard. This white space exists before and after the timeline, all around and even under it. This white space, for me, would represent eternity (outside time), and eternity is in the habit (if we have eyes to see it) of coinciding with time, of crossing the line. This is what I mean by verticality. This website is concerned with verticality, where time meets eternity. You cannot have time, a beginning and an end, without there being white space on which to draw it.

 

We can start by looking at connections between words that share the same letters, whether the order of the letters is the same or different. We can then look at connections between words made by changing the vowels and the consonants, following fixed rules (consonants are changed according to the laws of phonetics, according to the alphabet and according to their appearance). Finally, we can look at connections between words made by the addition of letters.

 

Let us start with connections between words that share the same letters.

 

Next: Same Letters, Same Order.