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By Isaac Mozeson


Animal Names 1 0f 3

Feb23


What does a GIRAFFE, GOPHER and SKUNK have in common? Names that only make sense in Edenic ( ערף Neck, חופר Digger, צחן Stinker). There's lots more where these came from. So much that I'll post them in 3 parts.

ANIMALS NAMES and WHAT THEY MEAN

Isaac Mozeson

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That’s an easy topic. Most animal names are descriptive, like the ivory-billed woodpecker. Some naturalist simply described the critter, and the name stuck. An anteater eats ants. A grasshopper hops in the grass.

But what does HORSE or GOAT or FISH mean? Sure, the word “fish” conjures up a creature I can describe. What is so fishy about the name “fish?”

These animals were around way before English, so these names must mean something insomelanguage, even if in some long-extinct language.

Somehow, our species thinks and speaks with language. Humans can do what the sophisticated signal-language of dolphins can never do: we can name animals we don’t see, consider the future, or come up with the law of gravity or the theory of relativity.

In our brief investigation into the mystery of animal names, we must be prepared to search over thousands of miles and thousands of years. Anthropologists have traced the first domesticated animals, the time and place where the earliest human hunter-gatherers settled down to grow crops and raise domesticated animals. We are led all the way back to the Early Iron Age, and to the Fertile Crescent of the Middle East. Artifacts and bones pinpoint the birth of farming and cattle-raising to countries that we would now call Israel and Jordan. (For a bibliography of books and magazines on

the Neolithic Revolution in the Fertile Crescent, look up “agriculture” on Answers.com.)

When archeologists find piles of scorched sheep and goat bones at one site, they can presume that humans were herding the animals nearby. Human bones hold many clues as well. Around this same area, in the Carmel Caves near Haifa, Israel, they found the best-preserved Neanderthal skeleton to date. At the same site they found the oldest complete skeleton of a Modern Man, complete with a small, delicate floating bone in the throat that allows human speech. This is called the hyoid bone.

Until older, equivalent finds are unearthed elsewhere, the most logical area to focus a search involving prehistoric language is around Israel. Other, partial hominid bones appear to be of pre-speaking creatures. The oldest written records also direct our attention to the ancient Near East.

Our oldest, sustained written document from this area contains a curious passage about animal names. What we call Genesis 2:20 of the Hebrew Bible has an early modern human named Adam naming the animals. It’s in Genesis 2:20. Actually, the theoretical language spoken by Adam in the Garden of Eden is older, more “pure” than Hebrew or anything spoken after the national-linguistic diversity alluded to in the Tower of Babel episode of Genesis 10. It’s more accurate to call this theoretical language Proto-Semitic or “EDENIC.”

Historical linguists have finally agreed that the prehistoric human population of Earth had one common language. But they prefer to call it a name like “Proto-Earth.” Intelligent readings of the prehistoric Genesis scenarios never contradict accurate science – and the abiding mystery of human language is no exception.

We’ll stick with the new term “Edenic” because of our focus on animal names, and because of our respect for the scientists who proved that animal raising began in this Semitic region. Current historical linguists feel that extinct languages from modern-day Syria and Iraq are older that Biblical Hebrew, so why should we cite animal names from the language of the bible? Well, it’s hard to nail down the meaning and sounds of words that come from scattered archeological fragments from these extinct Semitic languages like Ugaritic and Akkadian. But we can easily establish the meanings and antiquity of our proposed Edenic source-words by providing the chapter and verse in the Hebrew Bible, also known as the Old Testament.

For example, I could suggest that the word for RAVEN in Genesis 8:7, ערב Ayin-Resh-Bhet, pronounced both as ערב [O]aRaiBH or GHoaRaIBH (see below), gave Old English hraefn, English RAVEN, Latin corvus and French corbeau. Any reader can then see if there is a RAVEN in Genesis 8:7, or even confirm if the pronunciation is accurate.

Big deal, so some animal names may have started out in the Fertile Crescent and then got widely borrowed. But this article promises to tell us what animal names mean. What is so raven-worthy about that early ערב [O]aRaiBH? The same ערב Ayin-Resh-Bhet means “evening” (Genesis 1:5). I bet you can think of why a darkness term is appropriate for the entire CORVINE family of blackbirds, from the large RAVEN down to the smaller CROW.

Your dictionary guesses that CROW is imitative of the bird’s cry. Do you hear “crow” or do you hear “caw?” Unlike you, they never learned about the sound and sense of ערב GHoaReBH blackbirds. It’s quite easy for Edenic G-R-B to become hard C-R-W, especially when you throw in a few thousand migration miles and years since a theoretical Semitic common homeland or “Eden.”

The English animal name is rarely from an Edenic animal name. But, usually, that English name only makes sense when it is realized that the creature was named with an Edenic word that describes it. New evidence suggests that we all speak a de-evolved, diversified or “confounded” (the old school term) version of an original language program.

With the key below, anyone can know how the Edenic/Biblical Hebrew word is spelled, and what it sounds like.

TRANSLITERATION KEY: Anything in lower case is not a ROOT LETTER, but added to replace vowels and to aid pronunciation.

Aleph א = A or any Upper Case VOWEL, Betב = B, Bhet = BH or (V), Gimel ג= G,

Dalet = ד D, Hey ה= H, Vav ו= V, OO or OA, Zayinז = Z, Het ח= [K]H or K[H],

Tetט = DT, Yod י= Y, Kahf כ,ך K, Khaf = KH, Lamed ל= L, Memמ,ם = M,

Noon, נ = N, Samekh ס= $, Ayin ע= bracketed UPPER CASE [VOWEL] or GH,

Peyפ,ף = P, Phey = PH or F, Zaddi צ,ץ= TS (always read ST in European),

Koof ק= Q, Raish ר= R or WR, Shin ש= SH, Sin = S, Tahf ת= T, TH, or (S)

The most basic thing to know when seeking an Edenic source for words is that the sounds of letters made from the same part of the mouth can and often have shifted. The brothers Grimm famously noticed this. How else might we pick up that Darth Vader’s surname is the Dutch word for “father?” (Can you hear the V and F both made by the lips, and the D and TH both made with the tongue on the teeth ridge?)

Our jaunt through the zoo, or any linguistic quest, is vastly simplified when we realize that THERE ARE ONLY 7 LETTERS (anatomically speaking).

These are the letters/sounds made that are 1) voiceless, or 2) made with the lips, 3) throat, 4) tooth ridge, 5) nose, 6) rolling tongue, or 7) whistling teeth.

1) The interchangeable, voiceless vowels: א Aleph/ any Upper Case vowel, and the sometimes vowels, ה Hey/ H, ו Vav/ OO or OA, י Yod/ Y and ע Ayin/ [bracketed Upper Case vowel] or GH.

2) The interchangeable B ilabial (lip) letters: Bet/ B, Bhet/ BH or [V], Vav/ V, Pey / P and Phey/ PH or F

3) The interchangeable Guttural (throat) letters: Gimel/ G, Hey/ H, Het/ K[H] or [K]H, Kahf/ K, Khaf/ KH, Ayin/ GH or bracketed upper case vowels, Koof/ Q

4) The interchangeable Dental (tooth) letters: Dalet/ D, Tet/ DT, Tsadi/ TS , Tahf/ T or TH

5) The interchangeable Nasals (nose) letters: M e m/ M and

N o o n /N

6) The interchangeable Liquid (rolling) letters: Lamed/ L and Resh/ R

7) The interchangeable Fricatives (whistling) letters (a.k.a. Sibilants): Zayin/ Z, Samekh/ $, Tsadi/ TS, Shin/ SH, Sin/ S, and Sahf/ (S) a variant of Tahf

Let’s begin our semantic safari, to see if the language of Eden, Edenic, offers insights into some animal names of unknown origin and meaning.

Let’s begin with letter “A” and ASS.

Not that kind! The she-donkey of course. Back in the ancient Middle East if you were told to “get your sorry ass out of town,” they were talking about saddling up your old donkey. If it was a long and bumpy ride, then, yes, one’s backside might also be a factor.

Our language experts must not be made to look ASININE (stupid as a donkey), but the animal ASS and the insulting term ASININE has been attributed to Celtic assan, Old Irish asan and Latin asinus. These words just mean she-donkey. Our quest here is to find an ancient source word so that we can know what someone meant by naming this animal a name with an A, S and N.

Was the name supposed to be insulting, to make a jackass out of this valuable beast of burden? In the language of Eden this animal is an אתון ASOAN or ATOAN. Both ways? Yes, check above, the letterת Tahf is pronounced as a ת Sahf /S in the Ahkenazi or Germanic way. The same אתון ASOAN is pronounced as ATOAN, the ת Tahf as T in the Sephardi, Middle Eastern, and now the standard Israeli pronunciation.

So the a-s-n words above came from the Ashkenazi form of this Edenic animal. The אתון ATOAN doesn't denigrate the donkey's mulish in­transigence or stupidity at all. On the contrary, איתןAYTaN means strong, steadfast (Genesis 49: 24, Numbers 24:21). This same א-ת-ןAleph-Tahf-Noon word is the source of TONE (strength), as in TONING muscles.

ATN may rehabilitate, even ennoble the donkey, but can Edenic help us to understand the origin of the expression “making an ASS of oneself?” Certainly. But switch from the אתון ATOAN to the ASOAN.

See how the evil seer Balaam is upstaged by his ass in Numbers 22. The verses below may have fed several nuances of the term in question.

(28) "Then the Lord opened the ASS's mouth . . .

(29) "Balaam said to the ASS, "You have made a mockery of me."

(30) The ASS said to Balaam, "Look, I am the ASS that you have been riding all along . . ."

This is a breezy glimpse at our first critter, but anyone who wants to see more on world donkey

words, they should consult the ASININE entry in the e-word CD Dictionary.

The carrion-eating BUZZARD does not extend its range to the Middle East, while the region has other, similar vultures and raptors. The name BUZZARD is traced only as far back as Old French busart, a typical animal name word without apparent meaning

or cognate (a word that shares common ancestry) . The Kiowa Indians of North America’s Great Plains named this vulture-like bird a bosen. Linguists will insist this is merely a coincidence.

In two Semitic languages, this same buzz is heard in a bird of prey. Hebrew בז BahZ means a hawk; ba’z is the Aramaic. A בזיר BahZeeYR is a falconer, so B-Z could extend to other raptors. Similar names can still be coincidences, but does the B-Z sound mean anything appropriate? בזהBeeZaH means spoils or booty (as stripped from the war dead -- what human vultures do after a battle). זזב BoZeZ, like our BUZZARD, means “the plunderer” or looter. Unlike the predatory eagle, the BUZZARD is merely a scavenger who emBeZZles WaSte or BooTy. (These BZ, BT and W-ST words are related to our ב-ז Bet-Zayin family of words of plunder). Review the bilabials, and other interchangeable sounds if necessary. Here, the (secretly Edenic) name does seem worthy of a theoretical Adam, or at least some intelligent coinage by prehistoric Semitic speakers. If only the given etymology hinted at a meaning for the animal name we would not have to search so far and wide.

You’re probably expecting CAT for a “C’ animal, but the Hebrew Bible only has names for big cats, but not our term for the generic feline. Our domestic CATS and KITTENS were not bred and miniaturized until long after Genesis time, by the ancient Egyptians. In fact, “miniature” may be the key to names like CAT and KITTEN, as QaDTaN means “small.” As for C.A.T., theחתול K[H]aTOOL (cat in postbiblical Hebrew) is named for being חתל K[H]aTaL (neatly bundled, when this animal is in repose).

The defunct “bow-wow theory” of imitative language origin anticipates that many peoples would name a cat a “meow-meow.” But of the 6,000+ languages on Earth, only one (in China) has a name for CAT that imitates its sound.

Lots of other “C” creatures would do, from CETACEANS (large sea mammals) to CRABS, and CRANES. How about a quick view of all three? CETACEAN is a whale of a word, which, as usual, can be historically narrowed down to two or three root consonants. Latin cetus is a large sea creature. Greek ketos is a whale. The Russian whale is kit -- (so the Latin C was a hard one, like K). A similar guttural-dental whale word is used by the natives of British Columbia, and the Eskimos for the killer whale. A famous whale, flips this K-T sound on its back. Moby DICK is a

D-K Polynesian whale word. Before Herman Melville’s novel, the most famous whale was the one that swallowed biblical Jonah. The Biblical Hebrew for whale is דגהDaGaH. דג DaG means fish in Edenic (Genesis 1:28). While a WHALE, from בלע BaL[A]h, to swallow, is not a fish, Gimel-Dalet indicates a flock animal (like GOAT) or one whose




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