Take the “DYS” out of DYSLEXIA


By definition, the term dyslexia indicates illness, defect a problematic situation (dysentery, dysplasia … dystopia!).
In the beginning there was a request for the prefix dys- to be removed from the term dyslexia and be replaced with a term that indicates the ability to think in pictures. For the language orientated people the charismatic visual thinker is considered dyslexic, while if the dominant model was that of thinking in pictures, the gifted in verbal thinking child would be called “dis-visual”.

Initially there was a thought to use a word that charges dyslexia with a positive meaning, e.g. to use a compound term that begins with the prefix Eu– and then a word related to the picture could be used … However the result would not even sound nice: euicon, euimage, eupicture … bliach … deadlock, embarrassment, wonder and …, dyslexia … OK, let’s replace the “d” to “b” as many dyslexics do:

Bislexia or bilexia

The prefix bis- in Latin mean double. A dyslexic person instead of having one word, one answer, like it is requested in verbal thinking, he/she has invented another “word”, his/her creativity has found one more answer, so he/she has two words (bilexia) and as long as he/she hasn’t learn to “control” his/her gift, he/she loses it, he/she feels awkward and he/she doesn’t know which answer to choose, he/she is getting confused.

bilexia = two words!

The number 1,000,000,000 is called a billion, literally “twice million” however, in this case, it means a thousand millions. So bilexia can also mean “a thousand words” … or rather “an image”, as the wise saying goes: “a picture is worth a thousand words”.

bilexia = thousand words (one picture)!

Take the “dys” out of dyslexia. Let’s turn the dyslexia to bilexia, that is, talk about two or a thousand words, or talk about an image.

For a longer version of this article, visit the website bilexia.blogspot.com