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By Isaac Mozeson

Diluted by Delilah


Superhero Samson was no match for the Philistine vamp Delilah. Samson's name, SHiMSHoaN, is about the shining SHeMeSH or sun. Is Delilah's name a play on the setting of that sun, in the vision-challenged night or LahYLaH?

Wailing guitar In the background: "Laylah ... got me on my knees..."

Maybe just a play.

Delilah's name means "WEAKENER."

I explain with an entry from the Edenics CD Dictioary (

DIL(UTE) DooLahL Dalet-Lamed-Lamed


ROOTS: To DILUTE is to thin down, weaken or reduce (a liquid). It is currently linked to Latin diluere (to wash away), where it is considered a cognate of "ablution," "lave" and "lye."

See ALBINO and לבן La[V]aN (to whiten, wash) for the Hebrew etymology of these words.

הדיל HeeD’LeeYL is to dilute; דליל DaLeeYL means sparse or thin. דל DahL (Genesis 41:19) means weak, thin or poor; Egypt's canals דללDalet-Lamed-Lamed -- DLL) "(di)minish" or "ebb" in Isaiah 19:6.

Samson’s Philistine girlfriend, דלילה DILILAH (Judges 16), means “weakener.”

Hebrew names go untranslated; other Hebrew words are mistranslated. Anyone calling themselves a Bible Reader who reads a DILUTED, non-Hebrew Bible, is deluded.

BRANCHES: דלחהDiLee[K]HaH is the Modern Hebrew word for pollution. DOLDRUMS, DOLT and DULL are DL terms that belong here, rather than with the IndoE “root” dheu- ("to rise in a cloud").

To DILATE (enlarge) is an antonym of increasing, linked to Hebrew terms like תלל TeeLaiL (to pile or heap up) - see TALL.

Like דל DahL, Avestic driyu means poor” (liquid shift from Lamed to R) – see DERVISH.

Fearhas MacFhiomlaigh , invoking the established Tsadi-Dalet (TS-D) relationship, suggests a link between צלTSeL (shadow, shade) and דלל DaLaL (weak). A shadow is a visually weakened image of an original. He presents a prooftext for דלל DaLaL specifically referring to weak vision: ד??ל?ו? ע?ינ?י ל?מ??ר?ום ("my eyes fail with looking up" Isaiah 38:14). In Scots Gaelic dal means “blind.” (Dililah’s victim went eyeless in Gaza.)

FM also provides the following: dall = blind in Irish; in Early Irish it is dal; Welsh and Breton have dall; the Cornish “blind” is dal. *Dvalno- and dhv?-no- are Indo-European reconstructions covering English DULL and the D-L Greek word ???e??? meaning turbid. He ends with a blind animal name in Irish: dallag or dallóg , a mole.

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