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Etymology Of English Word 'God'

asked 2015-07-25 10:23:37 -0500

A S Sundar gravatar image

updated 2015-07-25 10:24:47 -0500

link text The English word ‘God’ is used commonly by every one.The root for this word “God’ as provided in Online Etymology Dictionary is as follows. “ Old English god "supreme being, deity; the Christian God; image of a god; godlike person," from Proto-Germanic *guthan (cognates: Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Dutch god, Old High German got, German Gott, Old Norse guð, Gothic guþ), from PIE *ghut- "that which is invoked" (cognates: Old Church Slavonic zovo "to call," Sanskrit huta- "invoked," an epithet of Indra), from root *gheu(e)- "to call, invoke." When I checked up with other Etymological sources,I find that scholars are not agreed on the etymology available.So ,as such the root for the word 'God' provided in searches is quite doubtful and not acceptable to scholars. My research in this direction led me to the word ‘Kadavul’ which means ‘God’ in Tamil. This word is not a morpheme and breaks into 'Kada'+'Vul' which means "Beyond you but within you".This describes one concept of God as ‘one who is beyond you but resides within you ‘.My discussion on ‘Tamil-Greek’ genetic links ,published in LL(latest link provided) reinforces the such a possibility.I invite your views in the matter.

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answered 2015-09-15 03:50:56 -0500

I do not maintain that the English word "God" is derived in any strict sense from Hebrew yod-heh. I claim that the ancient sound of Hebrew yod-heh in the tetragrammaton YHVH or YHWH was "Goth" or "Cath" with the meaning of "God". The ancient Hebrew consonantal vav had a PH or F-sound, so the meaning of YHVH was "Father+God" or "creator" in Semitic noun+adjective word order. Hebrew vav had a PH-sound at the time when Greek phasis (phase of the moon) was borrowed into Hebrew as vav-samekh-sof with the meaning "menstruation". You can access this file from the public folder of my Dropbox.

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Thank you for the info.Is 'cath' a morpheme or does it break down further ?

A S Sundar gravatar imageA S Sundar ( 2015-11-09 10:00:11 -0500 )edit
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