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By Isaac Mozeson


THE...BARBARIANS...AT...THE...GATE...MAY..BE... AKKADIAN...WEREWOLVES

Mar15

BARBAR(IAN)     BahR    Bet-Resh
BAR__________בר     _________[BR]
ROOTS:  BARBARIAN is an uncivilized foreigner, first referring to non-Greeks and Romans, but popularized in reference to the savage, infidel Saracen or Moslem foes faced by Christian armies.  

 The given ultimate source is Greek  arbaros, alledgedly from a balbala term of the incomprehensible stammering of foreigners.  This common etymology has two problems: sound and sense.  First, those who stammer should be “balbalians,” not “barbarians. 

      בלל BaLahL is the very Edenic word in Genesis 11:9 for  “confounded”  language.' More at BALL for language getting balled up.

Secondly, the etymology sounds far too genteel and artificial, with feared and loathed savages being merely described as if they were exotic tourists.

A  ב-ר  Bet-Resh etymon fits BARBARIC much better.  בר  Bahr in Aramaic is “outside,” and distinctly means “uncultivated” and “wild.”   בער    B[A]’aR means a BOOR, an ignorant person who is 'brutish' (Psalms 92:7).
  בר  BahR is also an uncultivated field, so see BARRIO as well as BOOR. 

A wild ass is a  חמור הבר K[H]aMOAR HaBahR. The savage wolf in Akkadian is barbaru, and the adjective wolf-like is barbarānu.

The memoirs of Roman generals often refer to the wild beards of their Semitic enemies. To the genteel Greko-Romans, for whom violent death was a spectator sport, the enemy BARBARIANS were more likely considered hairy werewolves rather than linguistically-challenged.

BRANCHES:  Closest to BRBR is  בלבל  BeeLBaiL, to confuse (from בלל  BaLahL, also in Aramaic and Arabic). Other entries relevant to the given etymology are BABBLE and GARBLE.   

To jabber or mutter in Afrikaans is to brab’bel.  It does not sound as frightening if “brablarians” are at the gate.  We  do not describe a foreign cab driver as BARBARIC when we have a cross-lingual misunderstanding.  Reduplicating a root word is a common way to express frequency or access; Bar-Bar infers “very wild.” 
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