The Zerenity Phonetic Alphabet, aka ZPAlpha, was created by me, Mark Lyman, so I could keep a diary at work about whatever I wanted and leave it on my desk. In the event that someone got ahold of it, they would not be able to read it. I also thought it would be fun to create a secret code that my kids and I could read and write.

I had a few ideas in mind when I created this alphabet.

1. It had to match the phonetic sounds of the American English Language.
2. It had to be easy enough to learn, that my children could learn it.
3. It had to look freakin sweet.
4. It had to be unreadable to anyone who didn't know it.

So its a phonetic representation of the English language, not an actual new language.

While creating this alphabet, I found that there are 13 vowel sounds and 27 consonant sounds in American English. I also took the 3 most common words in the English language "the", "and", and "you" and gave them symbols, for a total of 43 phonetic symbols.

Most of the symbols are just a modified version of letters in the American Alphabet, making it even easier to learn.

The real kicker - the thing that makes it look awesome, and the thing that makes it impossible to read to an outsider, is the placement of the vowels over the consonants. Anytime there is a vowel before a consonant sound, I place it above the consonant. If a vowel is ever left alone (like at the end of a word) I just draw a straight vertical line under the vowel to show there are no consonant sounds after the vowel. Here is an example of ZPAlpha:

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.


You can see in the word "lazy" that there is just a vertical line under the ee sound to show there is no consonant sound after it.

I believe ZPAlpha accomplishes the following:

1. It's easy to learn to both read and write.
2. It's unreadable to outsiders.
3. It looks freakin sweet.



Here is a portion of the Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln written in ZPAlpha