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By Isaac Mozeson



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SPEL(UNK)       SHaPHeL        Shin-Phey-Lamed
s(h)a-FAIL______שפל_______[SH-PH-L à  SPL]
ROOTS:     The SPELUNKER who explores caves is a favorite word among extreme lexicographers. SPELUNK is a cave or vault, from Latin spelunca, cave, and Greek spelunx, a cave.
There is no IE 'root' for this subterranean noun or verb; the IE 'root' spil (to split, break off) is no help. Deeper down than Greek is Edenic. Israel's   שפלה SHiPHayLaH is her lowland.   שפלה SHiPHLaH is a low place – Isaiah 32:19.  שפל SHePHeL means low. More on Shin-Phey-Lamed depth at SPILL.  For the two-letter root of going down, see  נפל NaPHaL, to fall, at FALL.    For psychological lowliness, see SIMPLE. For a piled-high fricative-bilabial-liquid opposite, see  צבר TSaBaR at SPIRE.
BRANCHES:   Other S-P terms relevant to caves areSHeePOOLeeYM  (bottom) and  SHaPHOON  (hidden – Deuteronomy 33:19).  Burials in antiquity were often in underground caves, which explains the SPL in SEPULCRE and SEPULTURE. Latin sepelire, to bury, fits our deep Shin-Pey/Phey-Lamed Edenic etymon. The AHD's invented IE 'root' sep- 2 --  to foster, serve, venerate (the dead) is quite shallow.
An SP antonym may be SHePHeeY (hill, height) -  see SUPER.     SPELAEAN and SPELEAN mean pertaining to a cave or dwelling in them.  Today's authorities assume that cavemen or spelean linguists developed words from gorilla grunts. SPELEOLOGY is the science of exploring caves. A cave in Modern Greek is a spilia. Spelonca is an Italian  cave. Sepultra is a Spanish grave. Subterranean vault were the choicest burial tombs.
Not far from SPL is SPN.  שפון  SHaPHOON (hidden) explains the  שפן SHaPHaN (rock badger, rabbit or hyrax- Psalm 104. The hyrax is always hidden near its rocky habitat.  Wikipedia cites a variation of  שפן אי  EeY SHaPHaN (Isle of Rabbits) as a Punic (Semitic) name that may have given rise to the land of HISPANA, the older name for SPAIN.  But it is unlikely that the vast Iberian Penninsula was named for a few rodents, as was Coney Island. If Iberia, Espana, was founded by people coming up from what is now North Africa, the most logical name for this great northland would be 'North' or   צפון TSaPHOAN  (the land of the north in Jeremiah 3:18).
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SPILL        SHaPHeL        Shin-Phey-Lamed
s(h)a-FAIL____שפל_____[SH-PH-L à  SPL]
ROOTS:    A SPILLWAY is a channel to carry off excess water. A SPILL is a run, flow or shedding (as of blood). This flowing is nowhere in the given etymology of SPILL: from Old English spillan (to spill, destroy) and the IE 'root' spil (to split, break off).   SPILL (upend) is an echo of שפל  SHaPHaL (to become low, humbled – Isaiah 2:11)  As for inclined liquids,   שפח SHaPHaKH is to pour or SPILL out (Genesis 9:6).
Look up the word SHIBBOLETH and one sees a term for a password.  The 'password' meaning comes from the episode in Judges 12:6 where Ephraimites could not pronounce the SH of SHIBBOLETH. Even though a tribe in ancient Israel rendered each Shin as an S, there are those who challenge similar conservative sound shifts (TS to T or S, PH to P, etc.) that make this book possible.
 שבלת SHeeBoaLeT is elsewhere an earn of corn, but it can mean  'spill' words like a flowing stream, current water, or 'flood' in Psalms 69:3.  Shin-Bet-Lamed is only a S-B from SPL.  The flowing down comes from the פ-ל  Pey-Lamed core of    נפל  NaPHaL, to fall -- see FALL.  A fall comes from a height;  the  ש-פ Shin-Pey of   שפי  SHePHeeY (hill, height – Numbers 23:3 ) provides that height.
 שפל = ש-פ + פ-ל .
Unlike an accidental SPILL, a שבל SHoaBHeL  can be as subtle a 'flow' as the train of a robe (Isaiah 47:2).  A  שבלול  SHiBLOOL, snail (Psalms 58:9) spills or leaves a trail of slime.  
For psychological lowliness, see SIMPLE.
For a fricative-bilabial-liquid antonym of  'height' word, there is צבר TSaBahR, heaped up (Exodus 8:10– see SUPER).
BRANCHES: The SPL word of splitting and breaking which the AHD cites as the source of DESPOIL, SPELT, SPILL, and SPOIL might be related to  S(H)eBHeR (to break into pieces - Genesis 19:20) - change SBR to SPL. SPOILED also shows the influence of Pa$OOL (unfit, defective - a #1-#2 letter swap). The antonym here is BHi(S)OOLaH, translated 'virgin' in I Kings 1:2.
A second etymon for SPILL (upend) is SHaPHaL (to become low). With the connotations of slumping down and inactivity of SHiPHLOO(S) in Ecclesiastes 10:18), this SPL term may have influenced SYPHILIS, SLEEP and LAPSE. Most people want to stay awake, but only SLUMP (nasalized with an extra M) into SLEEP when feeling lowly, SHePHeL (low state – Psalms 136:23) or SHiPHLOOT  (letting down of the hands, idleness – Ecclesiastes 10:8).
For SLEEP one needs an M132 of  שפל Shin-Pey-Lamed, but Czech SLEEPY is ospaly.  The Edenic fricative-bilabial-liquid sequence is not changed in Slavic. The metathesized SLEEP word in English, and shlauf in Yiddish, are initially from German Schlaf (sleep)
 -- see SLEEP.
 The PL element of  (Na)PHaL (FALL) and the SP element of lowness are seen in the following words:  SHaPHaH is to incline or tilt;  SHeePOO[A]h is to slant or slope; SHaPHaKH is to pour or SPILL out; SHaPH[A]h is to flow, to be abundant and to slope.
An SP antonym is SHiPHeeY (hill. Height – see SUPER.
A SLOOP (see SLOOP) is a 'gliding boat', from Dutch sloe and the IE 'root' sleubh (to slide, slip)  -  see SUPER.    Reversing SPL gets us another term of FALLING or FAILING – LAPSE.
SHeePOOLeeYM means bottom parts bottom, SHaPHOON is hidden.
The Shin-Phey mildly shifted to S-P theme of lowness follows in entries like SPELUNK.   SUPINE is lying low and sluggish, like SHiPLoo(S) and the other low-lying S-P words here. The AHD traces SUPINE to Latin supinus (lying on the back), and bequeath it the IE 'root' upo (under, up from under, over).  In Peruvian Spanish chiflan is the term for fallen rocks inside of a mine (Fernando Aedo). A Latin SPILLWAY or lowland is vallis, source of VALLEY (see VALLEY) and VALE. IF Shin-Phey-Lamed is the source, an M231 and S-B is needed.
Bisa is to slip, fall  in Araona (Amazon) - reversing and shifting the bilabial-fricative.
The flatness of the Israeli SH'PHayLaH spillway is seen in another Araona reversal: pasha, flat, level, even,
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SUPPLE         SHaPHaiL           Shin-Phey-Lamed 
S(H)UH-P(H)ALL      שפל     [SH-PH-L à SPL]
ROOTS: Latin supplex means humble, submissive. These same connotations apply for  שפל   SHaP(H)aiL (humble, lowly - Isaiah 2:9, 13:11 and 57:15).
The sound of SIMPLICITY (nasalized) is also heard at SIMPLE.
BRANCHES: The word is often considered to mean 'folding under.' See SOFA for the SP initial element. The etymology goes on to trace the PL of SUPPLE to Latin plicare (to fold, double up). The 'pliant' connotations are taken up at COUPLE.

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SI(M)PLE       SHaPHaL       Shin-Phey-Lamed
Shah-FAIL       שפל       [SH-PH-L à S +M PL]
ROOTS:  SIMPLE is tossed in with 'sim' words at IE 'root' sem (one, as one) – see SIMULATION below.   But  SIMPLE (uncomplicated), and, more recently Latin simplus is said by the AHD to mean 'having only a simple part or unit.'   Ancient words were not coined by mechanical engineers. Simple Simon the pie-man was no rocket scientist, but he was not made of one part.
Edenic  שפל SHaPHaL means lowly and humble (Isaiah 57:15), precisely like the simple-minded SIMPLETON. The verb שפל  SHaPHeL is to bring someone down, especially one who is haughty (Isaiah 2:17).  A simple nasalization, here an added M, helped make Semitic too lowly a source for etymons for haughty  For the physical lowliness of Shin-Phey-Lamed, see SPILL and 'SPELLUNK.' For weakness see SLEEP.  The sound of SIMPLICITY (nasalized) is also heard at SUPPLE.
BRANCHES:   שפל  SHaPHaLisoften physically lowly. B-Y defines SHeYPHeL as depression. This is more like Polish osowialosc,  (S-B) mopishness, dejection, dullness.  Something spilled is fallen, and fallen is degraded.  'Weak' words from  SHaPHaL include Polish slaby, Russian слабый  slabyy and Serbian слаб slab.
The built-in  opposite is SHaPeeYR, goodly, eloquently—a liquid shift away. An M132 away from Arabic sharraf, honor. See SUPER.  Moses is described as humble, but he was no simple Simon.  Irish Fuasgailte, a simple person of diminished ability < M213 S-F שפל  SHaFeL. [Steve Gilespie]   In Peruvian Spanish an achaparrado is one who is excessively humble and timid (Fernando Aedo).
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