Hangul Part 3: Style

Okay.  “Gangnam” was easy: two syllables. Why is “Style” written as three syllables?  There’s two linguistic reasons for this: clusters, and diphthongs.  Bear with me. Clusters I told you that Korean doesn’t like consonant clusters in syllables.  One at the beginning and one at the end at most.  So the “ST” at the beginning of … Continue reading Hangul Part 3: Style

Hangul Part 2: Jamo

All right.  In the previous post we talked about how syllable blocks fit together in Hangul. Now we’re ready to break down the song’s title into its individual jamo.  Remember that a jamo is a Korean “letter”, and that in Hangul you pack the jamo into blocks of two or three symbols to make syllables. “gang” Let’s … Continue reading Hangul Part 2: Jamo

The amazing Hangul system, part 1: Syllables

My friends know I love languages and linguistics.  Today I wanted to share with you one of the most amazingly elegant and beautiful writing systems in the world: Hangul (also spelled hangeul in English, but properly spelled 한글 in the system itself), the system used for writing Korean. In order to approach this — and I hope … Continue reading The amazing Hangul system, part 1: Syllables

Scary words

Crowley translates Hebrew עולה as “common holocaust”.  Yikes. Let’s look into it. First off, he published Sepher Sephiroth years before the rise of Hitler to power.  Whew. Second, he lifted the definition straight from von Rosenroth’s “comm. holocaustû” which dates back centuries. The word actually refers to the Israelites’ burnt offerings, particularly while they were … Continue reading Scary words

The peak and the thorn

I’m going through every Hebrew entry in Crowley’s Sepher Sephiroth (“book of emanations”, or simplified, “book of numbers”) and looking at what each Hebrew word actually means by comparing it to Hebrew Biblical dictionaries, and sometimes looking at modern Hebrew ones too for a backup (being aware of linguistic change, of course). There are lots of typos.  This will … Continue reading The peak and the thorn

Crowley the Hebraist, again

Continuing to work on fixing Crowley’s gematria entries, I find the Hebrew word אשת.  Crowley doesn’t define it; he simply says “Deut. xxiii. 1.” Deuteronomy 23:1 does not contain this Hebrew word.  But it translates to: He that is wounded in the stones, or hath his privy member cut off, shall not enter into the congregation … Continue reading Crowley the Hebraist, again