Origin of English word ANKLE

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[ AQL → A (+N) KL]


The ANKLE was made to ANGLE, slant or bend. Old English ancleow and Old Norse ankula are connected to several other words from the Indo-European “root” ank (to bend).  These include: ANGLE, ANGLO-Saxon, ANKLE and ENGLAND. ENGLAND is  ANGLE LAND, the ANGULAR homeland of the pre-British Angles when they still lived on the German mainland. The territory of the Angles was angular, thus their name. The ENGLISH went on to murder the native Picts, and illegally occupy their homeland.

The Indo-European “root” ank (to bend) is a nasalized form (added N) of a two-letter Hebrew sub-root, Ayin-Koof or [E]Q. The root is noted in terms like עקף [A]QeF (roundabout), עקל [E]eQaiL (to bend, twist, pervert), עקלקל [A]QahLQahL (crooked – Judges 5:6), עקם [A]QaM (to curve, make crooked) and עקש [A]QaSH (to make crooked).

In this family of ע-ק Ayin-Koof  (bending) words in Hebrew,   עקול [E]eQOOL (crookedness – Habakkuk 1:4) is closest to ANKLE in sound, after nasalization, while עקב [A]QaiBH (heel) is closest in meaning.  Sounding like a relative is  עכס [E]Ke$ (anklet or or ankle-band – Isaiah 3:18). 
Also suggesting the importance of the Sound of Sense is an echo of the Koof-Bhet of  עקב [A]QaiBH : כפף KaFahF  is to bend or bow (Psalms 5:7).  Jacob is named for the heel in Genesis25:26. The pet name for   יעקב Ya'[A]QoaBH (Jacob) is "Yankle," as European Jews learned to  nasalize in their pronunciation. (Yenta is also nasalized).


YANKEE, whether related to the Dutch name Janke or to ENGLISH nationality, could eventually derive from Ya'[A]Qoa[V] (Jacob), [A]hQai[V] (heel), or the Ayin-Koof root for bending words. See YOUNG for YANKEE as well.

ANKLE in Arabic is coulchal; AQaLQahL is a longer (reduplicated) word of crookedness in Biblical Hebrew. In Japanese heel is kakato, while the ankle is kurubushi. The Cantonese crooked is qu, pronounced like “cook.”   The Italian ankle,  caviglia   < GHaQAi[V], ankle [GH-Q-(V) → CVG]. Metathesis reveals that the Italian ankle has been turned.

Bend the AKL (Hebrew ANGLE) with a liquid shift  to get Qa[E]R (curve, concavity). The German ankle is a fussKNOKle or foot knuckle. The KNUCKLE allows us to crook our fingers. See KNUCKLE AT "CROOK" the double guttural terms in Japanese and German may derive from rendering the Ayin-Koof, normally AQ, as a double guttural like KK.

Other body benders include the ANCON or elbow,from Greekankos (a bend).

The ANCHOR (see ANCHOR), be it hook or crook, is connected to Greek ankos (a bend).  Better than the Latin, French or Italian, the Spanish ancla (anchor) is closer to the Edenic Ayin-Koof-Lamed. If these ANCHOR words were not nasalized, they might relate to ANaKH (plummet, plumbline – Amos 7:7) or be a letter flip, an M132 metathesis, of OGaN (anchor in Aramaic).

The Igbo (Nigeria) heel, ikili,  may hold the secret of Achilles being named for that vulnerable ankle area that catches up to many athletes and warriors. See ACHILLES HEEL.

The HEEL is a body part which can lift or elevate someone.  The AHD has an Indo-European “root” for the HEEL (kenk- 3) and a second  Indo-European “root” kel-4 (to  lean, tilt) for the verb HEEL. The anatomical heel is from Old English hela, heel, a cognate of HOCH.   The double-guttural Ayin-Koof sub-root above easily handles HOCH. The Ayin often renders an H (see “EDEN, “HERD,” HONEY and RAVEN), and the guttural Koof/Q can shift to H.  Either way,  [A]hQahL (to twist) is an etymon for HEEL that can stand. The HOCK (heel) or German Hacke (heel) is from  עקב   GHaQai(V), heel, hock . The AHD nasalizes the Indo-European “root” of HEEL and HOCK: kenk -3    (heel, bend of the knee.

Nasalized ANKLES are common: in Inuit (Eskimo) ankle is kangak; foot is anka in Basqe; ankle is bukung-bukong in Tagalog (Phillipines).  More [A]QaiBH derivatives at HOOF.

A different body area, but also an angle where Ayin-Koof-Vav-Lamed is nasalized (extra N) is Spanish ingle (groin).  To follow the angle-groin connection, see GROIN.

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falasha   11/16/2011 12:43:00 PM
The ancient Egyptian Ankh symbol may be related as well as the Germanic "galenk". Both are keys to walking and talking. If so, that means "link" and "lock" are related.

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