Shifting vowels & consonants independently.A basic shift sees the letters of a word shifted along the alphabet alphabet [Gr. alpha-beta, like Eng. ABC], system of writing, theoretically having a one-for-one relation between character (or letter) and phoneme (see phonetics). Few alphabets have achieved the ideal exactness. n steps, looping from Z to A, to make another word. Today, however, the alphabet, as we recognise it, no longer exists. The 5 major vowels have opted out of that all-embracing 26-letter series to set up an alphabet of their own, predictably christened the 'vowel alphabet', AEIOU AEIOU Any Easy Intimacy (book)
AEIOU Alles Erdreich Ist Österreich Untertan (Austria Is to Govern the World)
AEIOU Austriae Est Imperare Orbi Universo . The consonants This is a list of all consonants, ordered by place and manner of articulation. Ordered by place of articulation
See also: Number , stays with the consonants. So, we start shifting with the 5-letter vowel vowel
Speech sound in which air from the lungs passes through the mouth with minimal obstruction and without audible friction, like the i in fit. The word also refers to a letter representing such a sound (a, e, i, o, u, and sometimes y). alphabet AEIOU and the 21-letter consonant consonant
Any speech sound characterized by an articulation in which a closure or narrowing of the vocal tract completely or partially blocks the flow of air; also, any letter or symbol representing such a sound. alphabet BCDFGHJKLMNPQRSTVWXYZ.
In the vowel alphabet, the letter A shifts 1 step to E (not the usual B), 2 steps to I (not C), 3 steps to O (not D), and 4 steps to U (not E). And that is all, because a 5 step shift would bring A back to itself. Similarly, each of the other 4 vowels can shift a maximum of 4 steps. It follows that each of the 21 consonants is limited to a maximum 4-step shift. The vowels, it seems, have made a point! In the consonant alphabet, D shifts 1 step to F (not E), H to J (not I), N to P (not O), T to V (not U) and, by looping, Z to B (not A). The letter D shifts 2 steps to G (not F), 3 steps to H (not G), 4 steps to J (not H) ... and so on.
Let us take a look at a selection of the resulting shifts.
Words can be found in the Oxford English Dictionary Oxford English Dictionary
(OED) great multi-volume historical dictionary of English. [Br. Hist.: Caught in the Web of Words]
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1 STEP SHIFTS 4 letters GINA--HOPE FOUL--GUAM ACES--EDIT SINE--TOPI DORA--FUSE MIRA--NOSE NEAR--PIES VERA--WISE MAIM--NEON BOAR--CUES 5 letters SISAL--TOTEM CAMEL--DENIM TAMIL--VENOM DEWAR--FIXES LEMUR--MINAS 6 letters CAGERS--DEHIST BURSAR--CASTES 2 STEP SHIFTS 4 letters JESU--LOVE LEAP--NOIR SURE--VETO REDO--TOGA COIL--FAUN KIEL--MUON PERU--ROTE SALE--VINO COAL--FAIN TALE--WINO 5 letters ALDER--INGOT BASER--DIVOT COYPU--FABRE MAZER--PICOT ERODE--OTAGO 6 letters MOPPER--PARROT MALLOW--PINNAY 3 STEP SHIFTS 4 letters SAGO--WOKE HALO--LOPE KILO--NAPE JUNO--MIRE PAIN--SOAR LONG--PERK SINK--WARN PUZO--SIDE LINO--PARE ZING--DARK 5 letters BATON--FOXER BORON--FEVER HURON--LIVER BANCO--FORGE CANON--GORER 6 letters HERRON--LUVVER SALLON--WOPPER
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