[RT( V) → WT]
moist or wet
Anglo-Saxon waetis thought to
come from a fabricated Indo-European root wed (water, wet)
1. רחץ Ra[K]HaTS is to cleanse in Genesis 18:4.
Thw Resh/R can render a WR or just W. The Het, like Hey/H,
can be silent. The Tsadi/TS can be the T of WET or the SH of WASH, see WASH.
2. רטב RaDToa[V] or WRaDToaBH
means moist or wet, especially like the moisture of "green" plants (Job8:16) . Another ר-ט Resh-Tet word that can offer W-T WETNESS is רטף RaDTaF or WRaDTaF (moist -- Job 33:25). ROTTEN has no Indo-European root. It could very well be that ROT
always associated with undesired moisture-- derives from this ר-ט Resh-Tet/RT root (YJS).
Conversely, moisture is often
good. טוב DTOA[V]
means good see DIVINE. The ט-ב Tet-Bhet end of רטב RaDToa[V] could reverse to supply V-T thus
W-T wetness.In fact, רטב RaDToa[V] backwards, VTR, rather looks like WATER.
The RT root recalls the Indo-European base lat (wet), the source
of LATEX, which likewise refers to the moisture of plants. The common R →
L change is not needed for another Hebrew word of moistening and dampening לתת LaTaT (used to wet grain -- EDK). Arabic latta
is mixing flour with water.
Hebrew rain words
DTahL (dew Genesis 27:28) and מטר MaDTahR(rain I Kings 17:1) prefer
the RT or LT element. Cognates of WET at Indo-European root wed include DROPSY,
HYDATHODE, HYDRA, HYDRANT, HYDRO, (HYDROUS), NUTRIA, OTTER, VODKA, WASH,
WATER (see VITAL) and WINTER.
WATER of green plants is dripping with VERDURE and green words like VERDIGRIS,
VERDITER and VERT. To get vert (green in French) take the third letter
of רטב Resh-Tet-Bhet/ R-DT-[V] and
flip it to the front of the word. This is an M312 metathesis. The Indo-European root virere
(green. . .Latin verb of unknown origin) includes BILIVERDIN, TERRE-VERTE,
VERDANT, VIRESCENT and VIRID.
happened to the standard Hebrew water word - מים MaYiM? For
example, there is mom (water) in Maidu Indian, and nahm (water)
in Thai. Native Floridians named the MIAMI River for a term that means
drinkable water see MIAMI . More R-to-W shifts at WALK,
WAR and WRONG.
Job 8:16 רטב הוא לפני־שׁמשׁ ועל גנתו ינקתו תצא ׃
He is green before the sun, and his shoots go forth over his garden.