Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Modern English and the Eyes of the Pyramid

There seems to be considerable evidence that quite a few individuals have been well aware of the eye below the pyramid and that both the Eye Above and the Eye Below are thousands of years old. The astonishing influence of these two symbols can be seen throughout the English language. Even today, they continue to shape the creation of new words and phrases, including modern terms such as: corporate downsizing, upscale apartments, rock bottom prices, top of the line merchandise, getting paid under the table or having a high-end job. Here are just a few, obvious examples:


Eye Above

Eye Below
Standard Above standard
Below standard
High tech
Low tech
Internet Log on
Log off
Urban Uptown Downtown
Class High class
Low class
Greetings What's up?
What's going down?
Self-Control Lighten up
Calm down
Patience Wait up!
Slow down!
Qualify Above all, it was wrong
At bottom, it was wrong

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

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