Origin of English word SCARCITY

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The word SCARCITY is addressed in the entry: SCARCE

English Word


Edenic Word


Hebrew Word







[K(H)- S-R → (+S)K-R-soft C]


lacking, wanting, deficient


The AHD does not explain how SCARCE  belongs in their made-up Indo-European “root” kerp (to gather, pluck, harvest).  This definition hardly invokes SCARCITY, but at least they correctly saw that the initial-S in SCARCE is not historic.

For the inhistoric S added before some guttural root words, see SCOOP.

Webster’s both addresses the problems of sound and sense.   SCARCE is from Old French escars, eschars (scarce, needy).  There is our “es” prefix which disguises many words with a bogus initial-S. See SCALLOP. It then cites the Late Latin  which may be a past perfect of Latin excerpere, to pick out, select. The convoluted logic goes on to suggest that “that which is picked out [is] therefore scarce.”

The Edenic source was further hidden because there was an M132 metathesis of K]H]a$eR  (to be lacking, wanting, deficient – Exodus  16:18. The noun form, K[H]oa$eR, means “want of” in Deuteronomy 28:57.   Het-Samekh-Lamed  consumption and destruction (Deuteronomy 28-38) leads to Het-Lamed-Resh SCARCITY.


This link was discovered thanks to Spanish carecer (lack) and carestia (scarcity, famine). The French word for insolvency or absence of assets, is carence. To the M132 metatheis we must add a nasalization (extra N). The sadly deficient IE “root”’s cognates include CARPET, CARPO-, EXCERPT and HARVEST. 

Bible Verses

Exodus 16:18 וימדו בעמר ולא העדיף המרבה והממעיט לא החסיר אישׁ לפי־אכלו לקטו׃

“And when they did mete it with an omer, he that gathered much had nothing over, and he that gathered little had no lack; they gathered every man according to his eating.”



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