The Genesis alphabet was invented by Mike Gibson as alternative way to write English. It is an alphabetic writing system in which the letters are merged and rearranged in order to create glyphs. He designed it for English, but it could be modified to write any language which uses Roman characters.

Notable features

Genesis alphabet

Genesis alphabet

Most of the symbols resemble their Roman counterparts, so if it was written purely alphabetically, it'd be relatively easy to decode. It's quite complex but all the rules are there for a reason; it's actually quite easy to read/write once you get the hang of it. There is plenty of freedom with this system and you can write it however you want, just so long as you can read it back again without any problems. The rules below are what I designed the system around and it flows best when following these guidelines:

  1. When writing a word, the letters are rearranged by taking them in pairs and switching the letters in that pair. 'Word' is split into wo+rd and the pairs are switched ie. ow+dr. 'Yes' becomes 'eys', 'takes' becomes 'ateks', and so on. When reading it back, you follow the same pattern.
  2. Before you switch anything, no doubles! Hello is written as ehol, not ehllo. Ball becomes abl, sitting becomes isitgn, and so on. This could be read as siting, but the context of the sentence takes care of that. is because... Examples of the words cork and barb in the Genesis alphabetThe reason we eliminate doubles before switching
  3. Switching creates doubles. Barb becomes abbr (ab"r), cork becomes okkr (ok"r) etc. In these cases, instead of writing the same symbol twice, we just write it once with a double dot above it to signify that it needs to be read twice. Examples:
  4. There is another repeater which can be used for aesthetic reasons. It's rarely needed but comes in handy when the same symbol appears on either side of another. Instead of having the same symbol either side, we write the second one as a horizontal line with 2 vertical strokes. One example of its use would be 'lava' (alav). Instead of writing this as 'al av' it can fit into one glyph. See right:
  5. Few words will fit into a single glyphthough, regardless of how you try to fit it all together. You will need to break most words up because of the way things join together; if something doesn't join then you need to break it off into the next glyph.
  6. Switching doesn't carry. The second letter in any glyph is always going to be the first you read, to avoid confusion. The word "switching", for example, would be written as "wsi ctih gn" because of how things join. It would NOT be written as "ws tih cn ig". See example on the right:
  7. Having dots all over the place looks very untidy and can sometimes cause confusion, so any time you get E and N beside each other you join the dots into a triangle. A left pointing triangle is 'en', which is read back as 'ne', and vice versa. You can see this in the name of the script itself, Genesis (eg en is"). If they appear either side of a symbol they're fine, so only join them into a triangle when they're right beside each other.

    If you get other clusters, you can join those into a square or diamond if you wish. Just so long as you can read it again afterwards.

  8. D and B are almost identical apart from the dot. Same with J/Y, V/W, and A/M... although the placement of the dot is especially important when it comes to B. It has to be in the crook. Below are some examples of B and D, and the roles different dots play:
    Example of the letters b and d in the Genesis alphabet

Last but not least, some letters have more than one form (or can be reversed), so you can use whichever flows the best or simply what you like the look of more. Just make sure not to flip anything which will become a different letter by doing so.

Sample text

Sample text in the Genesis alphabet


All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

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