[b-hebrew] b-hebrew Digest, Vol 127, Issue 9

Isaac Fried if at math.bu.edu
Wed Jul 10 23:02:40 EDT 2013

1. I tend to think that if there is point of contact between the Indo- 
European and the Hebrew languages, then it is but at the level of the  
uni-consonantal root. Namely, if L is 'up, on' in Hebrew (as in אל  
EL, 'god', עול UL, 'young man', עול OL, 'yoke', and עלה ALEH,  
'leaf'), then it is also 'up' in IE.

2. I discount the possibility of a Hebrew root meaning revolve = re- 

3. As I see it the root GL consists of the combination G-L, where L  
is for ALAH עלה 'tall', and where G is a concise גאה GAAH. Thus,  
GAL is a mound, like תל TEL or חל XEL.

4. AGOL עגול is circular only by inference. The עגל EGEL,  
'calf', has nothing to do with 'circle' (some say he runs in circles  
around his mother), and I doubt that עגלה AGALAH, 'cart', has  
anything to do with גלגלים wheels, or with עגלים  
'calfs' (some relate it to the Aramaic עגלא 'speed'), or even  
being of an elliptical shape. I also reject the notion that גיל  
GIYL, 'joy', is running in circles.


גלל הלל חלל כלל קלל

all mean 'include, pile-up'.

6. The late Hebrew (Aramaic) כרך KRAK, 'city, enclosure', is  
possibly but the Greek kirkos, influencing the thinking that KIRCUR  
is ,twist, swirl'. The "cognates" of KRKR are GRGR, HRHR, XRXR, KRKR,  

גרגר הרהר חרחר כרכר קרקר

Isaac Fried, Boston University

On Jul 10, 2013, at 9:27 PM, Jonathan Mohler wrote:

> Hi Isaac,
> Isn't KARKAR just another circle word.
> Isaac Mozeson says:
> "CYCLE is from Greek kuklos (circle); the alleged Indo-European  
> “root” is k(w)el (to revolve, move around, sojourn, dwell).
> The guttural shift from גל   GL to KL mathches  what the AHD found  
> to reconstruct their “root.”         גל GahL is a circular  
> mound or wave – see GALE.  עגיל   GHaGeeYL is a ring or  
> earring (Numbers 31:50).  עגל [A]GahL is to roll; עגל  [A]GoaL  
> means round (I Kings 7:31).   עגול   GHeeGOOL is a circle  
> (IKings7:23). The Indo-European “root” for CIRCLE, sker (to  
> turn, bend), is related to the sound of   סחר   $aK[H]aR (to  
> travel around), while the meanings of Indo-European k(w)el match  
> the GR word    גור GooWR (dwell, sojourn - Genesis32:5).
> Greek kirkos (a ring), Sanskrit cakram (circle), and Russian krug  
> (circle) indicate that a double-guttural + liquid [K-K/G-L/R] is  
> the more common axis to spin words of roundness on.
>  Edenic offers: גלגל   GaLGahL (wheel), גלגל   GiLGaiL (to  
> roll, revolve, wander),  K[H]ahG (to make a cycle: a cyclical holy  
> day     – see HAGIOGRAPHA ),  חגור   K[H]ahGOAR (belt),   
> כרכור   KIRKOOR (circle: to whirl),   עגלה   GHaGaLaH  
> (cart, wagon), עגלגלת   [A]GooLGeLeT (elliptic), and  
> קערה     Q’GHahRaH (bowl). For the vowel-Ayin with Gimel –  
> see EGG.
> http://www.edenics.net/english-word-origins.aspx?word=CIRCLE
> Jonathan Mohler
> On Jul 9, 2013, at 10:50 PM, b-hebrew-request at lists.ibiblio.org wrote:
>> I see no evidence that the act KARKAR is 'to whirl', but I know  
>> that some
>> think so. Some 100 years ago when a Hebrew equivalent was sought  
>> for "dreidl",
>> the great Hebrew poet X. N. Bialik suggested KIRKAR, but it failed  
>> to take hold,
>> and what is used now is סביבון SBIYBON, from the act SABAB,  
>> 'go around',
>> as the classical Hebrew nursery rhyme says

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