Origin of English word ACME

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[ KM]


ACME in Greek means the highest point, the top, or the age of maturity. The AHD traces the root of ACME to the Indo-European ak (sharp).

These ak terms are better linked to   עקץ  [O]aQeTS (point, sting).

Instead of discarding the M of ACME, consider Hebrew words like   קום QOOM (stand up), קומה QOAMaH (height -  Genesis 6:15) and  קמה QaMaH (standing grain—Judges15:5).  The built-in opposite of KM ascendancy is MK lowliness.  מוך MOOKH means sinking low in penury (Leviticus 25:39). נמוך  NaMooKH means low or lowly – see MEEK.

Another opposite, NK depressions, are seen at NOOK.


קום Q OOM is to rise (Leviticus19:32 . Those little uprisings called ACNE (officially linked to ACME) aren't sharp.  The ACNE from ACME etymology isn’t sharp either – see how Japanese weakens this published theory at the CAVITY entry.

ACME is thought to be a cognate of HEAV­EN, VINEGAR (see VINE) and OXYGEN.

 More at CAMERA.

COMB #5 (the high crest of a wave, helmet or rooster) is of uncertain origin.  Webster’s  insults our intelligence by claiming that the COMB (crest) on some birds is “so-called for its indentures, which resemble the teeth of a comb.”  At most, this is a reason why dictionaries spell the high COMB of a bird or wave the same way as the impliment for combing hair.

  The  ק-מ Koof-Mem etymons above rise to the occasion.   קומה QOAMaH means height, stature" (I Samuel 16:7). קמה QaMaH means standing corn (which also waves and “wears” a tuft). QOOM means rise up).  The K-M sound means high in words like KAME (hill or ridge) and CYMOGRAPH i(from Greek kyma, wave). Reverse KM to MK for maki, a hill in Finnish. (Finnish and Hungarian are not Indo-European languages.)

Koof-Mem is the verb of raising the tabernacle in Exodus 40:18.  In Genesis   7:23  all the  יקום YiQOOM,   everything standing or created was leveled or מח MahK[H]  -- (the Torah again providing us with reverse antonyms, this one of guttural-nasal raising up and nasal-guttural lowering – see MEEK.  JPS renders the phrase: “All existence on Earth was blotted out.   The K-M MAKING explains why the Quechua (Inca) Creator is camac  – see MAKE.

Fernando Aedo (FA) adds the following 5 K-M derivatives of ק-מ Koof-Mem from Amazonian:

1.                    cáám enu to become tall, grow tall (Bora dialect)

2.                    keem éve to grow, develop (Bora dialect)

3.                    kéém evetso to breed, raise, make grow (Bora dialect)

4.                    ikimotake to grow (Machiguenga dialect )

5.                    aam on  to grow  (Ocaina dialect )

From Quechua he adds the K-M reversal moqo (mound, promontory).  Again r everse  our upraised  KM  theme for the opposite of a hill in Hebrew:  עמק [A]yiMeQ (valley, lowland – Genesis 14:17).  A Mem-Khaf synonym is  נמוך NaMooKH, low (see MEEK.)  A COOMB and a comb in Breton means valley or ravine. K-M antonyms include   קמט QaMaDT (to contract) and   נכמר NiKHMaR (to shrink). ACME as "mature" is seen in   כמר KaMa R (to ripen). The greatness of the guttural-nasal sound is heard (rversed) at MEGALOMANIAC  --  from  גמל GaM aL, to ripen, get large.

To COME or to COME ABOUT (to be) is is about figurative arising more than physical rising. There is an affinity with קום QOOM (to arise)  and  קים QaYaM (existing).

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