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if language is constantly reminding women that our bodies are the thing that is important and not ourminds. Do you ever ask yourself, “Why isn’t ‘cunt’ spelled with a ‘k’?” Because that would be kooky.That would give too much signicance to the word. “K” the symbol signies mostly for things areelevated. “C” the symbol signies for mostly things that are curved and short. “Kunt” with a “K” re
minds us of the KKK, or kites (which y high), or keys (which open doors), or kangaroos (a word fromanother language that signies for an animal that jumps up). A kitten is elevated, a cat is old news. We
like the new.
Because “C” often has the sound of “S,” people use “K” to mean the the hard consonant.Yet “K” mostly shows up in words of elevation or in words from other cultures (kamikaze, Kahlua,khaki—Persian for “dust” or perhaps “caca”—and “kick,” which we think is “our” word, but it’s from
unknown origin according to OED).
Letters, words, the organization of the alphabet has been honed by a multitude of people usingit. It is not happenstance that the word “cuneiform” begins with “cun” because in both our culture andin Sumeria, the c/kun sound meant “outlet.” Outlets tend to come in “V” and “U” shapes. Think bay orportal. “Cuneiform” is named because “cunei” means “wedge-shaped.” A wedge is a pie shape. A pie isa “V” shape. It all comes back to bowls or troughs eventually (see below).There are a few core ideas, and these ideas are constantly enlarged upon, syllables added(which have their own basic meanings), but ultimately, things can be distilled into shape signicance,sound signicance (both of which have been honed for a long time), or monarch signicance (where aking or ruler dictates a language change, as in 15th century Korea where King Sejong created Hangul,the Korean alphabet, and published it in 1446; or in the 1950s in China when the People’s Republicsimplied the Han characters). Meaning gravitates toward particular sound combinations. A bun and acun are reections of each other. Concave and convex. In a world where women are their body parts,
how far away is the word “hun”? Bunny, cunny, honey.
were referred to individually as “dam” (see “Vaginas depicted in Sumerian: a database with commen
tary). “Dame” is still a word we use for women. “Damen” is “women” in German; “dam” is “blood”in Hebrew,” which is what comes out of a woman’s “dam.” We’ve just traded the same group of wordsaround for similar concepts. Words trade dependent upon how a society views the object in question.If you revere cats, you call them some version of “meow” as the Chinese and Ancient Egyptians did.If you don’t, you call them “cat” as we have done. Some people revere cats now, but they usually givetheir cats individual names. The sound pattern
typically means (in many cultures) something smallthat can reproduce s (see “‘Meow’ is just another name for ‘Cat’”).The above word is pronounce
(because the caret over the “g” means one makes this
and this is just one of the reasons why this stuff is hard to gure out. I’m sure the jargonkeeps many out of linguistics. A stair might not seem a lot like a donkey or a dam, but if you take “themap view,” which is to enlarge your sense of congruence to include conceptual congruence, both a dam
and a set of stairs are outlets, and the Pennsylvania Sumerian Dictionary also includes “threshold,” in
this “kung.” word. The donkey, being the pinnacle of Sumerian animal preference, is at the top of the
stairs where the stars are, where King-Kong is. “Kung” is king, and kings get cunts.
In Akkadian, one sound pattern for stairs is
each stair is quite similar to the next. TheAkkadians picked out a different quality to label a set of stairs than the Sumerians who wrote “kung”51 times. A stairway is a passage, as are several orices on the human body. Previous cultures weremuch more animalistic than we are (or like to believe we are), and they call an object by the namethat they consider a relevant characteristic of that object. It turns out that the sounds and drawings forparticularly relevant ideas fall into a groove across all cultures because sex and procreation were thatimportant to early man. Tail -
to stair -
only differs in of the addition of the “g” sound. “G” isan aggressive sound because it is the sound of growling and swallowing. To swallow one had to havefood. To have food, one generally had to kill something. They weren’t called “hunters and gatherers”
for nothing. Sexual boundaries were pretty clear back then, so the hunters were men, and the gathers,women; however there were ve female kings in Egypt, so the fact that Egypt had the most equity tobe found in early civilizations could explain why it lasted so long. It’s hard to be a female king though