[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,
Websters 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
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 roots cognates include CARPET, CARPO-, EXCERPT and HARVEST.
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.