Origin of English word ACCELERATE

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Hebrew Word







[QL → CL]


The American Heritage Dictionary (AHD) has the theoretical Indo-European (IE) root for CELERITY and ACCELERATE kel- 3  (to drive, set in swift motion). For an actual etmon (source word) there is Latin celer (swift – pronounced with a hard C). For the ultimate etymon of this KL sound meaning swift, there is קל  Qahl, swift, fast, light.  Isaiah 5:26  has:"come withspeed swiftly. " Ecclesiastes9:11 reads: "the race is not won by the swift(QahL).”


A  מקל MaQeL (walking stick) allows for easier, accelerated walking. A QiLaLaH (curse –belittling and removing someone’s “weight” or worth) is usually uttered in haste. Haste makes waste; קלקל QiLQeL is to spoil or dam­age (see KILL). Ease and speed require a wheel or GaLGaL. QeLa[K]H is a jet of water or a stream (KL speed plus LK wetness  – see  LIQUID).

CURRENT only requires the usual L to R change to fit these last two Hebrew words of "running."   K-R running words include   כרר   KaRahR (to move round, to turn in a circle, כרכר     KiRKeR (to turn about – II Samuel 6:14) and .    כרע    KaR[A]h  ( knee, leg – Leviticus 1:13).    Besides CURRENT, the Indo-European “root” kers (to run) includes CORRIDOR, CORSAIR, COURANTE, COURIER, COURSE, CURSIVE, CONCOURSE, CONCUR, DISCOURSE, EXCURSION, HUS­SAR, INTERCOURSE, OCCUR, INCUR, PRECURSOR, RE­CUR, SUCCOR (see SUCCOR). A subset of this Indo-European “root” is from Latin currus ( a two-wheeled wagon – a S-G, S-L  from עגלה [A]GaLaH (wagon in Numbers7:3),   Words traced to the Latin include:  CAR, (see CAR), CAREER, CARGO, CARICATURE, CARRY, CHARGE, CHARIOT (see CHARIOT), CARPENTER, and more.

GaRaH is an "accelerating" verb meaning to excite, stir up, and provoke  – see GUERRILLA..

Under The IE “root” for ACCELERATE  the AHD lists cognates like HOLD, HALT (see HALT), AVAST, CELEBRATE, and CELEBRITY.

The Rumanian horse, cal, might be an accelerator with four-feet drive. Reverse to lekas for "quick" in Indonesian, or to lyokh'kee for "easy" in Russian. Swift is holo in Hawaiian.

Koof-Lamed is only a guttural and liquid shift awar from HR.  For related HR or Hey-Resh quickness – see HURRY.         LIGHT (see LIGHT), LIGHTEN and LIGHTER all come from the Indo-European “root” legwh (light, having little weight) -- a reversal of קל   QaL (light).  Polish lekki (light, easy) also reverses קל /QL. In Modern Greek “a little amount, like light, is lighos.


Finnish vikkela (agile, brisk), English AGILE (swift and easy of movement) and Latin agilis are better traced back to קל     Qa L than to Latin agere (to act, do) and the IE “root” ag (to drive).   Turkish acele means urgent (accelerated).  See CURSE. 

ALLEGRO, a joyful musical direction, and Spanish alegre  (glad) and alegria  (glee), are probably a reversal of  the GLEEFUL Gimel-Lamed root – see GALA.Webster’s prefers the Latin etymon alacer, brisk,  which is reverses the Koof-Lamed of our etymon קל QahL, swift.  Both ALLEGRO and ALACRITY have no Indo-European “root”s because the Latin comes from no actual ancient Aryan  root with other branches.   As quick-paced ALLEGRO music indicates, swiftness and joy go together, and are only a guttural shift away in Edenic.

    קל QL also means treated lightly, scorned.  קלה QaLaH  is “esteemed lightly”  (Deuteronomy 27:16) and the reduplicated   קלקל   QiLoaQaiL is “mean, worthless” (Harkavy – Numbers 21:5).  This may explain the liquid-guttural (reversed) in the words for “cheap” in German  and Scandiavian (billig).   The built-in opposite of  this is the   קר Koof-Resh cherishing and costliness of  יקר YaQaR  found at CHERISH.

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