This is more on “The Weeks” article of 12-25-2016, as referenced in my posting of 01-14-2016. The word “normal” does not refer to any natural standard of measurement though it is based on some thing within nature. A normus is a carpenter’s tool for finding right angles and determining perpendicularity. All measurements of normalcy are taken perpendicular to the base of whatever is being measured.
The ‘Great’ king and his family ruled over an Englaland (currently England or Britain) which was peopled by many tribes, each with a different set of customs, laws, languages, histories, mythologies, religions… The list goes on. These varied categories are probably best symbolized by the rune of Odal. This rune is no longer recognized in our alphabet though it is honored in our language. I’ve found it difficult to describe in a tidy way -precisely because it is itself already tidy. Tidy refers to the ‘tides’. We have tides of the moon, tides of everything that moves: -ides are another off those units of measure which are self-referent, like the -el- in self.
The ‘tidiness’ of the Great king’s English is based in the normalcy of these innumerable peoples within his bailiwick:[ref]This English word is the only one that fits and each of us have to envision it for ourselves: ‘Bail’ is all of those things for which we give ‘surety’ and take responsibility; only we can do that and can redefine those things. Wick is another word for ‘a town’ (town is ‘to own’) an area we claim, support and maintain voluntarily. Wick, declined runically, is about the mind and inspiration of groups of individuals-focused together. This is the ‘spirit’ of some thing we ‘own’ in common. Wick is a kind of town-spirit that sustains a community.[/ref]A footnote is necessary to avoid digression yet convey the sense. The normalcy or perpendicularity of the English people was and is so varied that Four Englishs were required. Ultimately, these four languages worked on a common “Lingua Franca” or “Kings English” that is used when a common understanding is essential.
English, our tribal languages,[ref]The English language was said to have been four separate, yet related, languages when first written. They were for the four basic divisions that existed in a Saxon-ruled Englaland. Since the area was once called the Heptarchy for the number of people ruling (7) or the number of divisions (7) of the territory being ruled. Anglo-Saxon England 449 to 828 A.D., was called the Heptarchy and the areas later became East, West, North and South Saxony. Four languages for seven areas is an impressive consolidation of the many tribal languages from many differing families of languages. What we call “English” did not ever have just one language being spoken. Even the Latin had different dialects.[/ref] were inclusive of elemental truths collected from ‘the four directions’ and reaching back in time, to pre-history, for all available ideas. This is the mythic story earlier referred to in a posting about the ‘special language.'[ref]See postings of 12-26-2012 and 01-03-2012 “The Destruction of Babel And The Development Of The Tree Ogham” Parts 1 and 2.[/ref] which is the parent of ‘Peoples’ Languages’, the languages of the common man. Yes, English was a constructed language. Even the four original English languages were mindfully constructed ‘normally’ for our benefit.
Each of the Peoples’ Languages, including the four languages of Englaland, are only ‘normal’ -relative to their own bases. While they have origins in common, they are separate and distinct languages which were written differently for differing populations of people. Their normalcy is not comparable one to the others. The integrity of these languages is maintained by the populations of people who use them. Some languages deteriorate and others grow masterfully. Their growth or deterioration are dependent upon their usage, by those who use and often abuse their languages. What one person considers ‘abuse’ is frequently an impetus to a needed kind of growth. I speak with great authority on this subject since my personal language has been a cause for both anger and enthusiasm throughout my entire life. I am often not thrilled with the direction English is taken. It is a Peoples’ Language and should not become a ‘me-speak’ when used for any matters which concern the Populace. That pertains to all the specialty languages which are being seeded about to make certain information inaccessible to the masses. That includes banking, insurance, marketing, and necessary science and technology terminology.
The idea of abusing language sounds like a vague charge. There is such a thing as abuse of language but it requires examples for illustration. The idea of suing to restrict language use is just about as vague as one can be and still expect to be taken seriously. One young man asked me if my Project would do something about all of the “bad words” we use. The word ‘sue’ is one of the words which we have corrupted abysmally. It is a formal way of asking for something, of importuning for something we value, such as the permission of a parent to marry their ‘child’. The word ‘bad’ is similarly corrupted since it refers to being (or doing) any thing to excess, like ‘mad’ and ‘sad’ . I declined the words love and hate, black and white, bitch and witch, slave and nigger, crap and shit, pornography, perverse, and I could on until you would get a warning about my Website. We make the ugliness and nastiness in our words. The ‘badness’ is in our excesses and in our judgements of other peoples words, frequently without knowing what they meant.
When we sue to restrict another’s use of a word, making a proprietary issue out of a common word, that is also an abuse, whether it is fairy, queer or nurse. In some populations a ‘nurse’ is called a ‘sister’. Our English is still normal if it clearly describes our own Mindset. If our language is full of words that we find terribly offensive, that can be changed by considering what we are saying and by asking others what they meant by a word we found offensive.
For a language to stay alive, it must be truthful. When I say that our language was constructed of elemental truths collected from the four directions, I am referring to those things I also call fundamental principles of Nature. The word ‘lie’ is the opposite of ‘perpendicular’. When some thing is perpendicular whatever it is has a base and a direction -which will stay constant no matter how far it extends. When we deliberately misuse words in order to be deceptive thereby gaining some advantage, we have misused and corrupted our language.
Our language then becomes abnormal because it loses perpendicularity. It ceases to be upright and is thereby corrupted for popular use. 04-04-2016JOH
- Judith has written (and re-written) the pages below, initially for a book and now for this website. These files are still under revision, and should not be treated as stable documents.