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By Isaac Mozeson

Before there was STRESS, there was TSORIS


Yiddish tsoris (troubles), like STRESS, comes from צרות TSaROAT (pains). All these come from the tight place of צר TSahR (narrow).

May you know no such tightnesss, and enjoy the רוח ReVaK[H] expansion and relief of these Edenics CD Dictionary entries:

STRESS TSahROA(S) Tsadi-Resh-Tahf as Sahf-Hey

TSAR-OSE ________ צרתה ____ ___[TS-R à ST-R]

ROOTS: Tsadi-Resh words mean pressing anguish, DISTRESS or STRESS. See SORE and STRAIT.

The given etymon of STRESS is Latin strictus (strict). It is thought that STRESS is a contraction of DISTRESS, but from the צ-ר Tsadi-Resh or TS-R root of narrowness and oppression it is more likely that DISTRESS is an extension of STRESS.

“ ויצר VaYeeTSeR”: and Jacob “was stressed” by Esau in Genesis 32:8 (old JPS) or “distressed” KJV of 32:7. צרה TSaRaH is trouble, sorrow (Psalm 9:10) or an advesary.מצרים

MiTSRaYiM (Egypt) was the land of stress.

Tsouris, troubles, was popularized by the Yiddish from tight, stressful, צ-ר Tsadi-Resh extentions like צרתה TSaRaTaH (grief – Judges 10:14)

BRANCHES: Osaeru in Japanese is to push down, keep down, repress. Stress and distress result from repressed desire.

Japanese atsuryoku means pressure or stress. יסרYa$aR is to bind, imprison – see SWERVE. Zayin-Vav-Resh , זורZOOR, is to press or squeeze out, Tsadi-Vav-Resh, TSOOR, is to bind, besiege, wrap or persecute.

Like Samekh-Vav-Resh, סור$OOR, Zayin-Vav-Resh ( can mean the opposite - receded, made separate. Tightness and narrowness in Spanish is estrechez. Ostry in Czech means sharp, acute. Physical tightness, from צר TSahR, narrow, leads to STRESS.

Latvian (Baltic) siauras means “narrow.”

Pushing in can push out; STRESS can be STRETCHING one’s patience to the limit -- (see STRETCH). French triste (sad, dismal) and tristesse (sadness) < M321 or full reversal of צרתה TSaRaTaH (grief ).

TRISTE, TRISTESSE and TRISTFULLY are “sad” words in English too. The “tribulation” of צרתה TSaRaTaH (Harkavy) should be behind the tragic literary names TRISTAN (opera) and TRISTRAM (medieval legend).

See STRAIT. For more pleasant צ-ר Tsadi-Resh restriction, see SARI.

SORE TSahR Tsadi-Resh

(T)S + ARE______צר________[(T)S-R]

ROOTS: Old English sar is painful or SORE; Germanic sairaz (suffering, sick, ill) is reduced to the alleged IE “root” sai (suffering). Tsadi/TS to S involves a slight fricative shift.

צר TSahR or צרה TSaRaH is distress or "anguish" (Genesis 42:21); צר TSahR is an adversary (Genesis 14:20); צער TS[A]hahR is pain, SORROW or trouble.

The built-in antonym is צרי TSaReeY, balm to alleviate pain (Jeremiah 8:22). צרר TSahRaR is to oppress or annoy; to be distresed or grieved.

BRANCHES: צרותTSaRo(S), a plural form meaning "pressing troubles," is a fine parallel for STRESS (and DISTRESS), as צר T SahR means "narrow" and "tight" as well as DISTRESS. See STRESS.

The world identifies with the Exodus from מצרים MiTSRaYiM (Egypt – the land of stress) because מצר MayTSahR means DISTRESS as well as isthmus.

A SORRY Biblical ailment is צרעת TSoR[A]’a(S) (mistranslated "leprosy"). This word and root, and not Greek psora (an itch) is the probable ultimate source of PSORIASIS and PSOROSIS (a scaly bark plant disease).

The antonym and antidote for all this SORE pain is צרי (T)SaReeY (balm - Genesis 43:11). An S-R related word is יסור Ye$OOR (suffering). Pain can be burning; שרף SoaReF is burning.`

Finnish sairas is sick. Sickness reverses to a’rostos in Modern Greek. Szorit is hurt or press in Hungarian; sorta is oppress in Finnish. Painful in Japanese is tsura; atsuryoku means pressure and stress. “Sorrow” words include Swedish and Norwegian sorg, Finnish suru, nasalized (+M) Hungarian szomorusag. In Spanish dolor, Portuguese dor. And Italian dor, the צ Tsadi has shifted to a D, like the more common Zayin-to-shift (see AUSCULATE).

DOLOR is mental anguish in English.

See STRAIT and STRESS. The given IE “root” of DOLOR is the unlikely del- 3 (to split, cut, carve). The AHD adds a “?” since they have no clue how Latin dolere (to suffer) came about, to give English words like DOLOROUS and CONDOLANCE.

Like ז Zayin/Z, the fricative צ Tsadi/TS can be the source of D via Aramaic. Other DL words of pain include Portuguese dolencia (sorrow) and doloroso (painful) and Spanish doler (to ache, be sore) and doler (to be sore). It is a short distance between physical SORENESS and emotional SORRY SORROW.

“Sad” in several languages shows the צ-ר Tsadi-Resh of this Edenic etymon. The forms of TRISTFUL (sad) words are from French triste, and are similar in Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Danish and Rumanian. Here the צ-ר Tsadi-Resh has reversed to R-ST, with another T thrown in.

There’s also simialr “sad” terms in Swedish sorglig, Norwegian sturen, Finnish surulinen, German traurig and Yiddish troirig, which, sadly, doesn’t recognize צרות TSaROAT or Yiddish tsoris (hard, unhappy times).

Wishing you no sorrow , from Safed, Galilee

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