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By Isaac Mozeson

CHERISH is the word


C(H)ER(ISH)       YeeQaiR        Yod-Koof-Resh


ROOTS: CHERISH is the word we use to describe holding something dear or valuing something highly.  Old French cher and Latin car(us) mean 'dear.'


The #3 definition of CARE, a liking or regard, is disregarded as it is believed that CARE derives from IE gar (to cry out).


Love cries out for a sensible  KR etymon.  יקיר YaQeeYR is the dear and precious of “beloved” (Ben-Yehuda).

 In  Jeremiah 31:20  'Ephraim is a dear son.'   יקר YaQaR is dear, prized or valued. 


  Like   יקר  YeeQaR,  הוקיר  HOAQeeYR is to honor.

  ק-ר   Koof-Resh is clearly the core root.  Updated translations of Isaiah 43:4 will replace 'honored' with CHERISHED: 'Because you are precious to Me, and honored, and I love you.'  


A classic  Bible concordance translates   יקר  YaQaR with Latin carus .


The built-in opposite of   קרKoof-Resh  cherishing and costliness, is the קל  Koof-Lamed (liquid shift) in  קלה QaLaH (esteemed lightly – Deuteronomy 27:16) and the reduplicated    קלקל   QiLoaQaiL  (“mean, worthless”—Harkavy – Numbers 21:5).  

More  ק-ל-ל  Koof-Lamed below,  and  at ACCELERATE.


BRANCHES: Official cognates  of CHERISH include CARESS and CHARITY.


Some of the world’s “love” words using The Koof-Resh root include Swedish karlek and Norwegian kjaerlighet.  Finnish reverses to rakkaus.

In Spanish there is: caro , dear; querencia (affection) ; querer (to love or want)  and  querido (dear, loved).



More affection at entries like AMITY and LOVE.

Antonyms of the K-R Hebrew root include (KR à RK)        רקהRaQaH (good for nothing), (KR à  KL), קל   QahL (unimportant) and   הקלה  HeeQLaH (to treat with contempt).  


 HECKLE (to taunt a speaker) might better be linked to this last Hebrew term than to a Middle Dutch word for cleaning and dressing flax, etc.


 “Dear” can infer something expensive, so “costly” is a guttural-liquid like   יקר YaQar in Arabic ghali, Finnish kallis, Modern Greek akrivon and Swahili ghali.

 One has to ignore the first letter, and to reverse the words, to see     י-ק-ר Yod-Koof-Resh in  (nasalized) Indonesian harganja and Russian daragoy.


Reversing  רע   RayGHah (friend  רק RaQ (only) and  רחם   RaK[H](aM) (to love) recall KR words that are near [  קרוב  QaROABH] and dear  [  קרב  QaRa(BH), to befriend]. 


One would expect to find  יקר YaQaR  ('dear' as expensive) in words meaning “costly.”  In Modern Greek akrivon’ includes a “von” suffix, while in Arabic and Swahili ghali      ק-ר  Koof-Resh has shifted gutturals and liquids.


In Japanese there is kirai na (beautiful) and kirei na (pretty, lovely, clean).  The Japanese word that uses the Yod, Koof and Resh of יקר  YaQaR is the M312 with a  ר Resh-to-W shift: kawaii (dear, lovely).


The first, guttural-liquid element of CALISTHENICS is likely from  יקר  YaQaR, dear.  Theר   Resh has shifted liquids to L, and the sense of preciousness has semantically shifted to attraction and beauty, as heard in French cher (dear).

For the second element, see CALISTHENICS.  


שם  Shem is name;    יפהYaPheH is beauty.

What means “prestige” to a (reputation-obsessed ) Semite, י-ק-ר   Yod-Koof-Resh, would become mere “beauty” for the children of Yafet  יפת  or Jafet, the Europeans.  Theirs is an aesthetic culture, where “beauty is truth” (John Keats).  


Keeping in mind that  בBhet, י  Yod andח   Het are 'weak' letters,  יקר YaQahR (dear) is akin to  קרב QaRoaBH  (close, related).


 ק-ר Koof-Resh is also featured in the opposite of this near and dear intimacy:  קר QaR is cool (emotional too), and (reversing)     רחקRa[K]HoaQ is distant.


These were inspired by German abkehr (estrangement).

See COST and  CARE.


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