Posted by Lada Ray
This post is about the fascinating world of linguistics and how language can help us uncover the truth… or spin a lie, thus shrouding the truth and creating a far-reaching confusion, depending on the intention of its user. What we will talk about is very timely for this revolutionary decade when old distortions are poised to be revealed.
I love getting interesting and thought-provoking comments from my readers. Here is one of them!
In response to my recent article Truth, Lie and Propaganda. An Appeal to the American People from a Ukrainian, JR said: “The Russian people speak from the truth in their hearts, and from a genuine compassion and love for the brotherhood of all peoples of all countries. How can one not be aware of the sincerity and honesty even while listening to what we in the US would call a foreign language ? Thank you for sharing his stirring message — one that leaves me so profoundly ashamed of the depths to which this once “great” nation has fallen. The so-called US gov’t., now the throne/stronghold of the most evil and corrupt power in the world, is seated in that tiny 10 sq. mile pentagram in Wash. DC. Yes, we are under a spell, and it has been shown that even our English language is a language full of spells — just what is a “spelling” test, or a “spelling” bee (does someone get stung??) ?? There’s dark magic holding us hostage, and keeping us prisoners in our own minds by the spells they weave using propaganda, lies and deceit, and all the tricks of their trade. Yes, many are breaking out of that death grip, but at the same time it seems that for every one freed, many others must pay the ever escalating price to keep the devouring darkness well fed. Looking at the videos of Donetsk and eastern Ukraine atrocities, I see a fast-forward of what’s planned for us here in the US. We have been warned by the “‘prophets” in the past, and now we are being warned by the victims of our future.”
I thought this was a wonderful and thought-provoking comment. And another thing that I appreciated as a linguist was the apt linguistical parallel. I replied: ““Spelling” = under a spell. Good one – and that’s coming from a linguist.”
In response, JR posted new comment: “Here is something else to add to your oddities/absurdities (nevertheless true) info as a linguist: The word Parliament means “Speaking Lies” from the French words Parler which means to speak, and mentir which means to tell lies. Also the word Politics, poly meaning many; tics are blood-sucking parasites; thus politics means many blood-sucking parasites. This is taken from a post re the “Queen of England” proven not a lawfully coronated monarch. More spells cast over the people.” See comments.
I thought this new comment was cute the way JR drew comparisons between lies and “parliament”; however, I also saw that all these interesting “discoveries” required a major clarification.
First, a little back story:
The earthly languages form and develop according to certain rules. They are often not quite tangible rules; sometimes I would call them divine laws, or the laws closely related to sacred geometry. Here is my personal opinion based on my lifelong contemplation of life and languages: another law that applies to language is the Lorenz Butterfly, also known as the Chaos Theory, which postulates that from the seeming confusion and chaos on a small scale the orderly big picture can be predicted (albeit, depending on random developments, such prediction may be difficult). For instance, if we draw a diagram of many chaotic and seemingly random hurricanes taking place around the globe at the same time, we will get a very orderly sign of infinity, which is called the Lorenz Butterfly, also known as the “butterfly effect.”
How is all this related to language you ask? I will try to explain.
Thanks for the comments, JR. I agree wholeheartedly that both politics and parliaments in the modern world are being misused by the elites presently in power. Some humans tend to abuse power they are entrusted with. This has long been the case in our earthly 3D reality – the reality which many of us, in our own special ways, are working hard on shifting into the new, much higher level. However, we must always remember that there is a difference between the initial idea and later implementation of said idea, between the word and the later distortion of that word’s meaning.
A great example of how this works is religion – any religion. Take Christianity for instance: Jesus spoke of peace, love and forgiveness. But look into what humans, in their thirst for control over others, have turned his teaching! How many wars and how much hatred took place in the name of “Jesus”?
The initial ideas behind the words parliament and politics weren’t negative at all. These words in fact were created as progressive, and even revolutionary, for their day.
A word about how linguistics works: the language evolution follows certain laws, which linguists study. Those who are in the linguistics field also tend to have heightened intuition about the language truth. Just because a word seems similar, doesn’t mean it is related to another coincidentally similar word. On the other hand, some words that don’t seem as similar to a layman’s ear, come from the same root.
Sometimes the word with the opposite meaning comes from the same core root. A good example of that is “rose” vs. “rude” or “crude” – all three come from the same root! As a matter for fact, the root “ros,” “rus” or “ru” is so important in human development that I will have a whole article dedicated to that soon. Stay tuned!
This is how language develops – words and their meanings shift. Substitutions of sounds, spelling and meaning happen depending on the tragedies, confusions and triumphs any given culture experiences throughout its history. And yes, as always there are malicious manipulations and deliberate substitutions based on ulterior motives, too. Much of the manipulations that were safely hidden away, are coming to the surface as more and more discoveries are made based on new revolutionary methods.
Russian linguistics school was always superb and I am happy that I had the opportunity to study under its wing. It taught me to think and see the hidden connections between words; it showed me the way to uncover the hidden and distorted truths. But of course, I had this talent since I was young.
Russian mathematicians, astronomers/physicists have been famous throughout the 20th century. It is on the cross-section of these three sciences that many new discoveries are being made. These discoveries are so earth-shattering that very soon the history of the entire planet will simply have to be re-written.
I promised that I would start talking about all that soon, and I will. Today, I want to give a primer demonstrating how language works, and how it doesn’t; how important language is to preserve our history in order to avoid past mistakes; how important the language is in uncovering the truth. Let’s consider it a sneak peek into the big adventure still to come.
JR, let’s review the etymology (origins) of the words you mentioned in your comments.
Spell and spelling: These two words come from the same root “sp” or “spr.” It is the same root as in the word “speak.” In German: “sprechen.” The root of this word, as explained by the English sources, is old Norse: from spraki – rumor or report. As we know, English language belongs to the Germanic group of languages, although the past relations among language groups and families are also being shattered as new discoveries by the Russian scientists are being revealed.
For more insight into how languages work and interact, read my popular article on Lada Ray Blog: Best Way to Learn Russian Language.
If I dig deeper with the root “sp,” I will get to the ancient origins of the mother language predating Germanic cultures. The root “sp” is much older than any language groups recognized today. It is one of the original mother-tongue roots – what we used to call Indo-European, and what I would now call more correctly the Vedic Rus mother-tongue.
The root “sp” can be seen in ancient Russian and Ukrainian words, such as: Rus: spet’ – to sing, ” Ukr: spivati – to sing, Ukr: spilkuvatisia – to socialize. Here is a very telling word: Rus/Ukr and many other Slavic languages: ispoved’ – sermon or atoning. And of course, the Russian word everyone knows: Spasibo – “thank you” – which means extending gratitude through voice. Couldn’t be any more clear, could it?
So, the mother-root “sp” signifies joining, connecting, socializing, usually via one’s voice, in other words, via communication.
The word spill in English comes from the same root, and this is an indication of how bizarrely languages work sometimes. What is the logic here? Spill means getting out of own boundaries and again making a connection with a different entity – sort of communicating with another surface. That’s what happens in a water, or oil, spill. However, the original meaning of spill was language related, as in: “spilling the beans,” which means “blabbing it out or betraying a secret.”
Another interesting word is cooperation. Recognize the same root “sp?” Coop = “sp.” This is a Latin influence. In Latin “s” became “c.” “Sp” becomes “cp” and then “coop.”
The connections between languages and words are fascinating and educational. Since I was a child, I contemplated these connections, which taught me that people are much more similar than they are different, no matter how much various interests with ulterior motives are trying to convince us otherwise. I intend to write much more about this, but that will be another time.
For now, I think I’ve made my point: “sp” means to connect, commune; “el” means god or divine. Consequently, the original meaning of a spell is: to “connect with the divine” and by extention, to “voice an intention.” Of course the contemporary meaning of a “spell” is broader. It is a spoken incantation to actualize an intention, sometimes to deceive or confuse others, but sometimes to empower self – it all depends on who and with what motives is doing it. Spelling means: “voicing – or actualizing – the written word.”
But what an irony! As JR correctly noticed, a spell, meant to actualize, or clarify things, is often used to manipulate and confuse. And spelling is derived directly from spell. So, when I applaud JR’s parallel between spell and spelling, I am referring to the fact that I appreciate as a linguist his ability to see the hidden ironic connection between the two.
Now let’s proceed to the other two words. These two are a different story altogether as the examples from the article JR quotes, unfortunately are incorrect translations, even if they may seem valid on the surface. Here, much later derivatives or coincidental words are being substituted by the author of the article quoted.
In my earlier comments to this same post I already cautioned someone else to avoid falling for pseudo-truths. Not all alternative sources are created equal and not all tell the truth, either because of ignorance, or hidden agenda – or both.
Let’s try not to twist or stretch the truth, even if we have the best intentions, shall we? Because the truth has this interesting quality – eventually, everything comes out anyway. That’s why truth is always the best policy.
I can tell you as a trained comparative linguist and language historian what the real meaning of these words is:
Parliament is from parler (to speak) + ment (mind). (Incidentally, the word mentir also comes from ment and means “inventing things with your mind’, or, “irritating mind by misusing it”).
So, parliament is translated as the place where people speak their minds. And that was the original intention behind parliaments. At the time, Western-style democracy was a progressive thing and it was necessary to hear different opinions when they all were valid in some way. It is now that the Western-style democracy turned into its opposite.
Politics is from Greek politicos, meaning: “related to citizens or affairs of a city” (polis – city, polites – citizens). It has nothing to do with “tics” of course — “cs” or “s” is a common English ending for Greek-related words, shortened from the common Greek ending “os.” “Os” also has much deeper Vedic Rus roots, demonstrated in Russian last names: Volkov, Elfimov, Yablokov. “Ov” = “os.”
Further, the ORIGINAL root of the word “Polis” is the ancient Vedic Rus (later Slavic) word: “Polie.” Polie is a field or flat surface. It originates from the Rus “po” – flat, on top, along a flat surface. Example: “idti po ulitse” – “to walk along the street.”
Here are some examples of this ancient root in action: Prussia – original meaning: Po-Russia, in other words, flat or wide Russia. Later Prussia was taken over by Germans and that’s how Prussia became German, but originally it was Po-Russia. The country next to Prussia is called Poland, in Polish: Polonia. This name comes from “polie” – literally: the flat country. And believe me, Poland is really flat.
From “Polie” the ancient Greek word “polis” = city, was formed. It meant flat surface, populated with people. The “people,” or “citizens,” meaning was added later. Initially, polites meant those people who lived in flatlands, which eventually were built into cities. The word “poly” came to signify “many” much, much later. It is a modern-day derivative from “polis,” which is logical as it signified a city populated by many citizens. There was no word “poly” with today’s meaning in Ancient Greek. This is one of the manipulated subsequent additions into the language.
P.S. A reader has suggested that the word religion = re-ligion has something to do with “military rebuilding” as in re-legion (meaning military legion.) This is an exellent example of a confusion that I have talked about in the beginning.
In reality: the root “log” = “lg” means “word” in Vedic mother-tongue, and later in Latin (logos), and it has nothing to do with war. The word “legitimate” “legislature” and “library” come from the same root. Later, the word “legion” was also derived from the same root – not from war, but from “law and order.” “Logos” – “legis” – “legitimate” – “law” = “order” – “legion.” The word “linguistics” also comes from the same root. Russian lozh and English lie – same meaning, same root.
Religion simply means “reciting words” = cermons and prayers.
This is enough linguistics for now.
I hope you enjoyed this article and I hope you learned something today. Even though my time is limited, I try to clarify and explain things as much as I can, and I try to share my knowledge with all. Regrettably, I can’t always do that and many confusions perhaps go unanswered. Sometimes I answer people’s comments in the comment section of my blog. My goal is always to reveal the truth from under the layers of confusion and lies, whether intentional or inadvertent.
In this case, of course the intention of the reader, JR, was high and honest, as much of what he says rings true. Therefore, I thought it was a good idea to clarify as much as possible.
About me: M.A. (summa cum laude) in Comparative Linguistics, Translation and History of languages. I studied at Odessa Mechnikov State University, Moscow Lomonosov State University and Complutense University of Madrid, with graduate study at the Universidad de La Habana, Cuba. Read my bio here.
I see my role as someone who uncovers and reveals deep truths that had been suppressed. My mission is to help people clear the existing fog of confusion and misinformation.
In the upcoming posts I will continue this topic. Stay tuned!
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