Origin of English word ELIGIBLE

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The word ELIGIBLE is addressed in the entry: ELECT


English Word

ELECT

Edenic Word

LeQeDT

Hebrew Word

לקט

Transliteration

Lamed-Koof-Tet

Pronounciation

LECK-et

Conversion

[ LKT]

Meaning

gather, collect

Roots

Latin electus (a verb of picking and choosing) is traced to an Indo-European “root” leg (to collect).the alleged IE “root” is leg- 1 (to collect).

  לקט LeQeDT is to pick up, gather, collect or glean. It’s similar in Ugarritic, Akkadian, Syriac, Aramaic and Arabic.  לקט LaQahDT is to"gather" in Genesis31:46. Choosing by casting lots is the LaQaDT of Joshua7:16.     התלקט HiTLaKaiDT is to unite.    קלט QeLeDT, to take in, is a metathesis of    לקט    LeQeDT.  Koof-Lamed-tet is similar to Syriac and Arabic terms for “avaricious”, and    קלט QeLeDT is now used in Modern Hebrew to mean “was gathered or collected.” 

Reversing Lamed-guttural is also about gathering – see CULL.  In Exodus 35:1 Moses is assembling,       קהל Koof-Hey-Lamed, all,      כל Kahf-Lamed, the people.  Including the   ע-ל Ayin-Lamed in the heading, all three gutturals before a   ל Lamed are about gathering.


Branches

Cognates via Indo-European leg include: ALLEGE, ANALOGY, APOLOGY, COIL, COLLECT, CATALOGUE, COLLEAGUE, COL­LEGE, DELEGATE, DIALECT, DILIGENT, DIALOGUE, DECALOGUE, , ELIGIBLE, HOMOL­OGOUS, INTELLIGENT, LECTERN, LECTURE, LEECH, LEGEND, LEGIBLE, LEGION, LESSON, LEGAL, LEGISLATE, LEGITIMATE, LIGNEOUS, LOGARITHM, LEX, LOYAL, NEGLECT, PRELECT, PROLOGUE, PRIVILEGE, RELEGATE, SACRILEGE, SELECT and SYLLOGISM.

LEGUME is not listed here, although it is allegedly from Latin legere, to gather, thus ultimately from LeQeT (to gather, collect).  LahGNaY in Syriac refers to artichokes. There, therefore may be a better, Semitic source for LEGUMES.  Any and all food items are “gathered,” so the given etymology sounds like a typical wild guess.

The many speech words here, like CATALOGUE, DIALECT, DIALOGUE, LEXICON, LOGOS, DSYLEXIA, ECLECTIC, and EPILOGUE,  are from Greek legein (to gather, speak.)  One gathers an audience before any lecture, just as the QoHeleT (the Biblical preacher – the Koof-Lamed is reversed) first gathers a QaHaL or QiHeeLaH (gathering or assembly – Deut. 33:4). The KL/LK sound and sense is why CULL (to collect) deserves to be here.

Joining words like ANALOGOUS, LOGARITHEM, LOGIC, LOGO-, -LOGY under this Indo-European “root” are several LG LEGAL terms. These are better seen as related to HaLaKHaH (the post-Biblical word for law, literally the way to go, from HaLaKH, to go, Genesis 3:8 – the root is Lamed-Khuf).

For lectures,  LeQa[K]H) is a LESSON, wisdom, or that which is taken, gotten, or gathered in INTELLECTUALLY.   A match for LeQeDT (to choose, gather, glean) is Finnish kerata (to gather, collect) – only a liquid shift and metathesis away. It is only the shift away from QeLeDT (to take in).

 See CULL and LEX.


Bible Verses

Genesis 31:46 ויאמר יעקב לאחיו לקטו אבנים ויקחו אבנים ויעשׂו־גל ויאכלו שׁם על־הגל׃

“And Jacob said unto his brethren: 'Gather stones'; and they took stones, and made a heap. And they did eat there by the heap.”


Strong

(3950 approximate)

Related Words

LEX



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