Tuesday, January 25, 2011

An Eye for an Eye, Part I. As Above, So Below in the English Language

You are to take a life for a life, an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a hand for a hand, a foot for a foot, a burn for a burn, a wound for a wound, a bruise for a bruise.

- Exodus 21:23-25

Part I. As Above, So Below in the English Language

In many intricate ways, including the fact that the Eyes of the Pyramid form a substantial portion of the metaphorical symbolism found in the Holy Bible, the English language has been literally embedded with the multi-layered meaning of the Hexagram. From the top of the mountain, to the bottom of the valley, the eyes of the pyramid have been a partially hidden, yet increasingly obvious, influence on the development of English, both in Great Britain and throughout the world, including the Land Down Under.

Subject Matter

Adjective High
High Inflation
Low Inflation
Finance High Interest Rates
Low Interest Rates
Social Status
High Class
Low Class
Preference High Taste
Low Taste
Intelligence High I.Q.
Low I.Q.
Merchandise High-End
Technology High Teach
Low Tech
Stereo Sound
High Fidelity
Low Fidelity
Estimation High-Balling
Auction High Bid
Low Bid
Maintenance High Maintenance
Low Maintenance
Attendance High Turnout
Low Turnout
High Crime Rate
Low Crime Rate
High Ball
Low Ball
Maps High Scale
Low Scale
Land Highlands Lowlands
Oceans High Seas
Low Seas
Tide High Tide
Low Tide
Magazine High Times
Low Rider
Rock Song
Rock Mountain High
I've got Friends in Low Places

Subject Matter

Adjective Over
Expectation Overwhelming
Reaction Over-Reacting Under-Reacting
Medication Over the Counter
Under the Counter
Measurement Overestimate
Individual Ms. Overhill
Mr. Underhill

Subject Matter

Adjective Upper
Terrain Upper Valley
Lower Valley
Social Class
Upper Class
Lower Class
School Grade
Upper School
Lower School

Subject Matter

Science Top Quark
Bottom Quark
Highlands Top of the Mountain
Bottom of the Mountain
Lowlands Top of the Valley
Bottom of the Valley
Clothing Top Button
Bottom Button
Depth Top of the Waves
Bottom of the Sea
Height Top of the Sky
Bottom of the Earth

Subject Matter

Adjective Above
Depth Above Ground
Below Ground
Above Average
Below Average
Poor Above the Poverty Line
Below the Poverty Line
Quality Above Standard
Below Standard
Boxing Above the Chin
Below the Belt
Basketball Above the Basket
Below the Rim
Boundary Above the Line
Below the Line
Above the Speed Limit
Below the Speed Limit
Above Sea Level
Below Sea Level
Above the Legal Limit
Below the Legal Limit

May the LORD God bless you in the name of the Judeo-Christian tradition.

1 comment:

  1. The corner stone is on the foundation. It is what hold everything together.