Don and his Devil
5 Apr 2006 22:31:48 -0700
Don, is your "devil" an apprentice?
A lot of old printing terminology originated in monasteries. A
printer's apprentice is called a "printer's devil". When a particular
configuration of lead type was no longer needed, it was "sent to h_ll"
to be melted and reused. A printer's union was called a "chapel".
The Hebrew word for apprentice is shin-vav-lamed-yod-heh. Today it is
pronounced SHooLiaH. But, giving the shin its ancient dental T-sound
and treating this vav as a consonantal F produces TFL, as in German
Teufel = Devil.
The ancient consonantal vav had an F-sound. For example, Greek phasis
(as in phase of the moon) was borrowed into Hebrew as vav-samekh-saf
FSS. Today it is pronounced VeSeT and means (regular) menstruation.
Adam called his wife het-vav-heh kHaVaH, usually transliterated in
English as Eve/Eva. But the ancient het (without a schwa) had a
W-sound, like ancGreek digamma or Germanic Wynn. Giving the het its
W-sound and the vav its F-sound indicates that Adam was calling his
wife WiFa or WiFeTH.
Which reminds me that the ancient heh had a dalet+heh TH-sound. That
makes Hebrew DaG = fish a reversal of Greek ichth(os). It also equates
Bithynia with Hebrew BoHeN = thumb or big toe. Anatolia (now Turkey)
was an arm/hand-being-washed on the Phoenician map of Hermes. I suspect
it was a big foot on the Scandinavian map of Loki. Tarsus is located on
Today the yod is a partial velar with a Y-sound. Treating it as a full
velar produces G or K.
The ancient sounds described above enable one to extract a meaning from
the tetragrammaton YHVH or YHWH. It would have sounded like G/K-Th +
F-Th, that is, a "god+father" or creator. Compare Roman JuH+PiTer.
Izzy (playing the devil's advocate)