Origin of English word BALL

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A verb, like the noun, of rolling, ever-changing realities.


The alleged  IE “root” of BALL is bhel (to blow, swell).

בלום   BaLOOM (swollen) and   בלט BaLaDT (to protrude – see BLOAT) address a BL root of filling

or expanding.  Other Edenic words match the rolling, mixed up sense of being all BALLED UP in a BALL of confusion.     בלל BaLaL is to con­found (as human vocabulary was in Genesis11:withthe BABBLE of Babel),    בלול BaLOOL is to mingle together (Leviticus2:5), בליל   BiLeeYL (fodder, literally means ‘mixture”), and    בלבול BiLBOOL means confusion.  See BABBLE (confused, mixed up language). The one original language of Genesis 11: 1 is “confounded,” a ב-ל    Bet-Lamed word, in Genesis 11:7.  For the built-in antonym (BL shiftying to BR) there is the unmixed or “pure” language, SaPHaH BROORaH,   שפה ברורה    of Zephaniahh 3:9 – see PURE.

Bilabial-liquid related words include ערבל   [E]eRBaiL (to mix, confuse) and ערב Ayin-Resh-Bet terms

of mixing, confusing and swarming. Rolling and mixing occurs on both the BALLFIELD and BALLROOM, as seen below.  A BL antonym which prevents overlapping is גבול GiBHOOL (border – Genesis 10:19).

Edenic words containing the subroot Bet/Bhet-Lamed imply a mixing of elements:

  גבול GiBHOOL is a border between two countries; חבל   [K]HeBHeL, a string, is threads twisted together -- ( גבל GeBHeL, braid, and   כבל KeBHeL, strong rope, are taken up at CABLE) ; טבל DTeBHeL is to immerse one thing in another – see “DIP;”  יבל YaBHahL is a stream of flowing waters,    מבול MaBHOOL (the flood of Genesis) was a cataclysmic geological mixture of biblical proportions, where the dryness and seas

 mixed ; the נבל NaBHaL is  a churl who lacks propriety, an impious fool who mixes the sacred and profane (Isaiah 32:5 – see “VILE;”   נבל NaBHaL is also a lyre (Psalms 150:3, on which, like a harp, notes are mixed -- rather than the plucking of single notes ; שביל SH’BHeeYL is a path that links (allowing a mixture of) different areas (Psalms 77:20).

With a “weak letter” like ה Hey separating ב Bet and ל Lamed in בהל BaHal, to be alarmed, dismayed, “confounded” (Lexicon --  Genesis 45:3) it is expected that  ב-ל B-L confusion and mixed emotions are involved.    בהלה BeHaLaH is terror (Leviticus 20:19).  Variations are בלה BaLaH and בלהה BaLHaH (terror).  The bilabial-liquid of FEAR may be distantly related (see FEAR).  Some feel that the ב-ל Bet-Lamed in אבל ABHeL (mourning, bereavement – see OWL)  also expresses this confusion and terror.

  תבל TeyBHaiL is This World of mixed elements.  Tahf-Bhet-Lamed, תבל TeBHeL, means spice, confusion or lewdness. The “confusion” belongs here, as seen in תבלול TaBhLOOL, mixture, blending.  Spices mix flavors in culinary mixtures.  The “lewdness” refers to illicit couplings or sexual mixtures (Leviticus 18:23). The בעל Ba’[A]L, spouce (Exodus 21:3) and deity בעל BA’AL are certaining involved in sexual couplings.  See BULLY.

Two other Bet-Lamed words of mixing, or togetherness, appear in the “A-” entry of Aleph

as :  אבל    ABHaL, Aleph-Bhet-Lamed, means but, only (Genesis 42:21). Our ב-ל    Bet-Lamed means a mixture of components.    A + BL could thus  mean NOT mixed together with others – as in “but” and “only.”   For the German “but,” aber, merely shift the Lamed/L to R.  For the Spanish “but,” pero, the bilabial is shifted too, Bhet/BH to P.

The other Aleph-Bhet-Lamed word is pronounced  אבל ABHeL, meaning: a mourner or the verb to mourn – see OWL and WAIL.  The noun of mourning is אבל AyBHeL.  Once again the two-letter sub-root is ב-ל     B-L togetherness (seen at BALL and the world’s most popular sound for “two” – see Ruhlin in The Origin of Speeches.  Mourning is about feeling the isolation of losing the twoness, the relationship with a loved one.  The ב-ל     Bet-Lamed mix or relationship has been negated (Aleph prefix) by death. See “A-“ for the Aleph prefix of negation (like asymmetrical).

The ב-ל     Bet-Lamed subroot material is elaborated more, and laid out alphabetically in the new chapter seven of The Origin of Speeches.  The related liquid-bilabial mixing word, ערב   Ayin-Resh-Bhet, is at SCRAMBLE.


Edenic Bet-Vav-Lamed, BOOL (Isaiah 44:19) is like a papal BULL, plural BULLA and BULLAE.  These are BALLS of soft lead, clay, etc. flattened by a seal for authenticated official documents – see BULLETIN.  BOLUS is from a Greek word meaning "lump." Some of these recall  BOOL (lump - Isaiah44:19) – also see BULLETIN.

The round BOLL or seedpods of the BOLL WEEVIL are a natural BALL.

BALE, BALEEN, BALLET (see below), BALLOT, BALOON, BOLL, BOULEVARD, BOWL, BULK, BULL, BULWARK, FOLLICLE, BOOL, PELLET, and PHALLUS are linked to Indo-European “root” bhel. The first part of BILLIARDS belongs here too.  A BOLN is also swollen and ball-like.

Spanish baile (dance), like BALLET, names dance for  “mixed movement” than joyful leaping –

see DANCE.  The BL in BALTER (to tangle, to walk or dance clumsily), is a clumsy opposite of the graceful mixing in dance.  BOLERO meter in Spanish music echoes the BL theme of mixing, while the BOLA is thrown at the legs of cattle to entangle them.

The Pey-Vav-Resh, POOR (the round, pebble-like lots cast in Esther3:7) resemble a Swahili (m)pira (ball), an Australian Aborigine pula or boola (ball, lump), a Tahitian poro (ball) or a Spanish pelota (ball). These BULLETS, PELLETS or BALLOTS were rolled or BOWLED or PELTED.

 To roll in Tibetan is b'al.

To BiLBail (confuse) a consonant or syllable is to make it different -- mbalimbali in Swahili. The common L to R change may account for the names of mixed race, mixed language peoples such as the BERBERS of North Africa and the BARBARIANS of Eurasia. "Together" is beraber in the richly mixed vocabulary of Turkish.  Besides [A]hRaBHaH (desert), the Ayin-Resh-Bet words above are related to another mixed-race of greater prominence, the ARABS. Genesis 16 establishes Ishmael’s regal Hamito-Semitic lineage.

See BABBLE for the BALLED UP sense of BL; see "WAL­LOW" for the rolling sense of BL and LB words.  Here are BALL words like the REVOLVER and EVOLUTION itself. . See BLOAT, BOULDER and "VAULT" for the swollen sense of BL; see BALE for a tied-up ball.    BULB and BULBOUS could be lumped into these BL balls, and   BOLLIX is to bungle . (Mark Feffer)

For BR antonyms of clarity, see PURE.

The element of confusion (BL), occurs with two objects instead of one. The world’s most common words for “two”  are BR, BL and PL (The Origin of Language, Matthew Ruhlen, Table 10).One example is Swahili’s number two:mbili.

Basque ball is baloi, probably too close to French baile (bal). Round in Basque is biribil, reflecting the Edenic bilabial-liquid mixing up of בלבול BiLBOOL (confusion), like Swahil mpira (ball).

Cantonese baw (wave), pronounced like BALL, suggests that BILLOW (wave) may be a rolling, mixing term akin to BALL, rather than, as assumed, a cognate of “bulge.”

Going back to the most ancient of post-Edenic languages, in Sumerian bal and bala mean spindle, revolve, crossover and turn around. In Latvian, the bilabials and liquids shift so that apala and par mean  round, circular,  over, and turn around .

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Dan   4/1/2017 3:35:00 PM
EREV (night) is dark as when one is BLind

Kirt Osier   7/12/2016 10:32:00 PM
Hello, With your Hebrew linguistic background please take a look at this and tell me what you think. H8398 têbêl T-BL תּ בל or world in English is broken down in Hebrew into two parts. 1) T or תּ = Tav = mark 2) BL or בל or בלל = ball So H8398 tebel which means world in English literally means t (mark) + bl (ball) = marked ball. Tebel means the marked ball. Tebel has the Hebrew root BL בל which means ball. So at least 35 times the bible by the Hebrew word tebel or world in English tells us the world is a ball. It would be like saying footBALL or baseBALL or basketBALL they all have the same root of a ball.

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