THE MEANING OF THE LETTERS L-O-V-E
by Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© March 2019, LD Wilson Consultants, Inc.
Many meanings are given for the word love. This website discusses a few of them. This article discusses the subject from a different perspective, that of phonetics or the sound pictures of the word.
THE LETTER AND SOUND OF ÒLÓ
The letter L, especially in Hebrew and other ancient languages, denotes God, or sometimes angelic beings. A word in Hebrew to look at is el, which is short for Elohim. The Elohim are a very advanced group of souls spoken of in the Bible.
The word el in Hebrew also means to or toward. For example, the Israeli airline is called El Al. It means toward above. The word Allah in Arabic is similar in meaning. In fact, Hebrew and Arabic are somewhat similar languages, although the people fight each other.
The word el in Spanish means the. It is a pronoun that announces something, as does the L in love. It is a masculine pronoun, which is important.
THE LETTER AND SOUND ÒOÓ
O is a feminine word sound. It always denotes an open sound, and is found in the word open, ovary, oestrogen (an older spelling), oh, and many other words in English. Other related words in English are home and economics, originally a Greek word having to do with managing the home.
Thus the O sound is the feminine part of the word love. It always denotes openness, helpfulness, and acceptance.
However, it goes beyond this. The word ore in English is a mineral deposit and a source of riches. An oracle is a wise person or source of information. The word ocular refers to the eyes, and o is associated with seeing. And ode is a beautiful poem or expression of some type. Okay means all is well.
In Spanish, o means or. In other words, it denotes options and openness here, as well. The word oro in Spanish means gold.
In Hebrew, one can look at the word or. It means light, and specifically the light of God. The word olam in Hebrew means everlasting, forever, or beyond the horizon.
The famous Sanskrit word om is the sound of a healthy heart center. It is a sacred word in this language.
THE LETTER AND SOUND ÒVÓ
This one is a little tricky because the letter ÒvÓ is usually associated with a vowel. Examples of words using it are above, bovine, cover, dove, government, hover, jovial, move, novitiate, over, tov (in Hebrew means good), vov (a Hebrew letter meaning a connection or joining together) woven (meaning connected of put together), and yoval (in Hebrew, means the jubilee year in which all land returns to its original owners and debts are forgiven).
These words all have to do with protection, peace, happiness, togetherness, and perhaps discipleship, in general.
THE SILENT ÒEÓ AT THE END OF THE WORD LOVE
This is common in English, and has to do with how one pronounces the word. If there were no E and the end of the word love, one would tend to pronounce it more like LAV. The E gives it the long o sound – meaning openness, oneness, and bringing in the feminine quality.
This word exercise is an interesting way to try to understand some of our English words in a deeper way. I hope you enjoyed it!