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By Isaac Mozeson

I. A NICE new entry, and... 2. Edenics goes S O U T H



NICE         NOA'aK[H]           Noon-Vav-Het
NOA-akh         נחת      [N-K[H]-(S) à  N-C]
ROOTS:   NICE, pleasing, agreeable, is said to come from Latin nescius, ignorant. This is a present participle of nescīre (to be ignorant.. .ne (not) + scīre (to know).
It's not NICE to dismiss a weird Latin etymology by 'scholars' too racist, ignorant and lazy to consider a Semitic root with appropriate sound and sense.  But let us pretend that truth trumps cultural bias in a reference work.
 נחת  Na[K]Ha(S) is rest, repose, ease (Isaiah 30:15).  It may also be read NaK[H]aT, and the nice Noon-Het family suggests a Noon- soft guttural etymon.
ניחח  NeeYK[H]oaK[H]   is  leasing ( Genesis 8:21).  Noah's name, נח  Noa'aK[H],  means respite, but Genesis 6:8 makes sure we reverse  נ-ח    Noon-Het to  ח-נ  Het-Noon.  חן  K[H]eN means 'grace.'   A NICER  נ-ח  Noon-Het word is נחמה  NeK[H]aMaH is comfort (Psalms 119:50);   נעים  NaGHeeYM, pleasant, delightful is at AMENABLE.
BRANCHES:   The KJV renders ריח ניחח  (beginning with Noah  in Genesis 8:21)  as the 'sweet savour' of animal sacrifices.  Sorry. The God of the eternal Torah doesn't  have  taste  buds  or a nose.  The very verse before another ריח ניחח in Leviticus 2:12 prohibits leavening or honey from a sacrifice. It is forbidden to add enhancers of human taste for a sacrifice, as if a pagan god were to taste and eat it.
RaYaK[H]  ריח  is not a taste, but a scent.  German Rauch is smoke.  See REEK. The ethereal cloud of the non-material Eternal of Torah ends the book of Exodus.
Moreover, NeeYK[H]oaK[H] ניחח is pleasing, but not as grossy sensual as to involve a 'savour.' Nahua in the name Nahuatl (Aztec) means pleasing to the ear, intelligent and clear.  The Uto-Aztecs were thrilled to find people who spoke their language in the aftermath of The Tower of Babel.  

 SOUTH    (S)a[K]HaTH   1. Tahf as Sahf- 2. Het-3. Tahf as Thaf
SAH-hath                         תחת                        [S-[K]H-TH à S-TH]
ROOTS: Anglo-Saxon suth and Old English sūth (south) are weakly linked to theoretical Germanic terms like sunthaz (sun-side) and to the IE 'root' sawel (the sun). To pursue the given etymological direction see  שמשSHeMeSH (sun) at the SUN entry.
The better etymon appears to beתחת  Ta[K]HaT, which can be pronounced in Europe as תחת  (S)a[K]HaTH (below, under, beneath).  'Let the waters under the heaven be gathered...' - Genesis 1:9.  The Anglo-Saxon rendering of Tahf as TH is also seen at entries like BOTH, OATH and THOU.  The fact that 'weak letter'  ח Het became a vowel should surprise nobody.  תחתית  (S)a[K]HTeeYT is the lower part (of the mountain) in Exodus 19:17.
Arabic TaKHaH is to lie down.שת   SHaT or S(H)aTH (posteriors) is related to Semitic ST terms that mean lowest part or bottom.  Down below, six feet under, is theשחת  SHa[K]HaT (grave).
The more common  ת Tahf as T allows the many falling or down words, like CADENCE (see CADENCE), CATARACT and DECAY (see DECAY). In Akkadian qadadu is to incline.  Greek kata means down; Hittite katta does too; all three, and the Latin  cadere (to fall) are reversals of  תחת TaK[H]aT (down, below, under – Genesis 1:7. Irish 'down' is sios (reading Sahf-Sahf).
טוח DTOOaK[H] is to press;   טחן DTa[K]HaN is to grind down, to mill.
BRANCHES: The D is a harder T in French (and English) SOUTANE (long tunic worn by Roman Catholic priests), deriving from Italian sotto (under). French sous (under) is like the Latin prefix sus (under) that appears in words like SUSCEPTIBLE, SUSPECT, SUSPEND, SUSPENSE, SUSPIRE and possibly SUSSEX (a southern British kingdom). These are all available because Tahf-Het-Tahf can also be read as (S)-vowel-(S). The dictionary claims that Latin subtus (under) is the source of sotto and sus.
A French 'under' word in many an English dictionary is culinary of course:  SOUS-CHEF is the kitchen potentate under the head chef. Sous-marine is French submarine or underwater (see MARINE), but as a prefix the second S is dropped in French words like souterrain (underground -- see EARTH).
'South'  words are in the table below:
D is available from a dental shift of Tahf/T.  But all these S-D words make one also suspect some influence from  צד TSahD, side (see SIDE.
Aramaic pronounces the Tahf as a T both times and drops the Het altogether. Aramaic  תת TahT (under) became the modern Hebrew equivalent of the prefix sub- (under). Pronounced SahS, we have another source of Latin sus. The Arabic is taht (under).
DEXTER is initially from the Latin for the right side (opposite of left).  There is enough dental-liquid-guttural in DEXTRO- words to suspect דרך  DeReKH.  See RIGHT.  But the IE 'root' of DEXTERITY and AMBIDEXTROUS is just deks (right side). The AHD adds 'hence south, from the viewpoint of facing south.'  This is the correct Biblical orientation, so the ultimate source is  תחתTaK[H]a(S), below, under…our dental-guttural-fricative or dental source of deks, DEXTEROUS or SOUTH.  Slang for a lefthanded person is a SOUTHPAW.  Slang for Australia and New Zealand is Down Under.
The SU- prefix in words like SUSPECT are from a word meaning 'under' thought to be from Latin.
Perhaps TAHITI (originally otaheite), the South Sea island, was named THT for being SOUTHERN. 'Under' or 'down'  in Japanese is shita, a full reversal of תחת   Ta[K]Ha(S)  or a straightforward )S(a[K]HaT (below, under). In Chinese it is zai xia or zay shiah. Turning to the harder KT element in  (S)aK[H]aT, the Greek prefix kata (down) of CATACOMB, etc. may be related. Modern Greek for 'down' is ka'to.  Reverse to dac(ey) for the word for southerner in Irish Gallic.   'Below' is sat' for the Andrade Quileute Indians of northwestern Washington state. Japanese soko means 'bottom.'  'Down' in Turkish is asagi.  More 'down' words at NETHER and ROOT.
Fernando Aedo adds from Amerindian:
tukaa (ut…), a downward slope, bank or hillside (Skiri-Pawnee/KRS)
tookaa (ut…), to slope downward, to dip downward (Arikara/KRS)
Going  SOUTH anatomically, the Yiddish tuchis (posterior) is an Ashkenazic rendition of TaK[H]aT.  The TK(S?)  element scrambled in Greek proktos (anus) might elevate the lowly Yiddish form of  תחת   Ta[K]Ha(S),  טאָכעס  tuchis to PROCTOLOGY. Reverse to  čʰixtš,for the underside or  uttocks of Chipaya (Bolivia). [FA]   More SOUTH words at 'ROOTS' and SOLE.
תחת  the 3 letters can be:  1)   T, (S) or any fricative   2) K[H] , [K]H    3) T, (S), a dental like D or TH
Danish, Norwegian
S y D
Z ui D
English / Old English
Sou TH / sūth
French, Italian, Romanian
S u D
S u D en
D eXTer
Left (south)
   KuS ini
S o D er
 South Sea island of Tahiti
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