Origin of English word BATHING

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The word BATHING is addressed in the entry: DIVE

English Word


Edenic Word


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[DT-V-(A) → DV]


dip or immerse


DIVE, DIP (see DIP), DEEP and DEPTH are thought to come from Indo-European “root” deub- (deep, hollow).  Anglo-Saxon dyfan is to immerse; Old Norse dyfaisto plunge. An older, also theoretical  Indo-European base dheup covers DEEP and DIP; Indo-European “root” dub (to drop, dip) includes DI(M)P(LE), DOPE and DU(M)P (note the nasalizations with the extra M).

טבל   DTaBHaL is to DIP or immerse. Tet-Bhet-Lamed is how Joseph’s brothers “dipped” his coat in goats blood  (Genesis 37:31).  For a more human diving there is:  "So he went down and immersed himself in the Jordan. . ." (IIKings5:14).  In Leviticus9:9 and Deuteronomy 33:24 the term is rendered “dip."  טבע DToBH[A]h is the verb of the Egyptians plunged in the sea, drowned, or “sunk” – Exodus 15:4. With no Lamed on the ט-ב   Tet-Bet stem, טבוע   DTBOO[A]h and   טביע DTiBHeeY[A]h means drowning.   טבעת DTaBa’[A]T is a signet ring because one presses it into wax or etc. to make a royal seal.

For the  ב-ל Bhet-Lamel subroot of combining elements, see BALL.

For Septuagint (Greek) biased translations of   טבע DTaBHaL, see DIP.

For a dental-bilabial,   ת-ב Tahf-Bhet built-in antonym of something unsinkable – see TUB.


The above Tet-Bhet-Ayin word of sinking or drowning, also read as DToBHaGH,  fits Polish topic (to drown) and Japanese tobikomi (diving,dive). Like DAMP and DAMPEN below, diving down leads to other verbs of going down and diving.  Thus Japanese has other “tob” words meaning to jump down, jump off, jump at, and spring away (like a diving frog might do).

DAB, DABBLE, DAP, DAPPLE, and perhaps DAUB, DAUPHIN, DOLPHIN, and both meanings of DOVE all fall in.   Birds that are DAPPLED, speckled or mottled like a DAPPLE-gray DOVE are, as it were, DIPPED in color, TSeBH[A}h  (Judges 5:30). More specifically the Bible gives us a Tsadi-Bhet, which shifts to D-P, bird in  the GHaaYiDT TSaBHOO[A]h , the speckled kite of Jeremiah 12:9.  The Tsadi-Bhet TSBHeeYaH (roe deer or doe) is often DAPPLED.This is partly why Tsadi-Bhet-Yod means beauty and the beast, both a dental-bilabial meaning beauty (B-T) as in II Samuel 1:19 and gazelle, antelope, deer as in Deuteronomy 14:4.   To DAMPEN can involve DIPPING in liquid, the nasalized M being a clue.

To  DAMPEN is to depress, as in lowering (like sinking or DIVING in) a DAMPER.  The wetness of DAMP is more likely from our dental-bilabial root nasalized with an extra M than from the AHD’s given source of DAMP: Middle English damp, poison gas. DAMP has no Indo-European “root”. 

Other  dental-bilabial (DT-P/V) WET words include DTiPHDTaiPH (drip) and DTeePaH (a drop) and  D’BH(aSH) date honey and other liquids- Deuteronomy32:13.  For fricative-bilabial seepage, see SEEP.

Manna fell like dew (Exodus16:31) and tasted like honey (Exodus16:13). Germanic dauwaz, the source of DEW, appears connected to  Di[V]aSH (honey, as in honeydew). DEW is thought to from a theoretical I/E root called dheu – 2 (to flow).

The two-letter root Tet-Phey/ DT-P (to drip) has influenced TIP (tilt) and TIPPLER as well as DIP. The mottled TABBY cat is from Arabic attabi (watered silk). The DIPPING and DAPPLING are the marks ofourTB or DP Hebrew etymon.  Baptism words are at DIP.

The DOPEY sense of DOPE,  according to pre-21st century  lexical wisdom, is supposed to link up with a DIPPING and DABBLING into narcotics. Instead, DAFFY, DAFT, DEAF, DOPPESS, DUFFER, DUPE, FATUOUS, STUPID and TIPSY might be influenced by a S-D of  טפש DTeePaiSH (stupid and gross in Aramaic; “thick” in Psalms 119:70 -- JPS).  By Middle Hebrew  טפש DTeeFeySh or DTeePHeySH only meant “dull and stupid,” not “gross, fat, dull… thus stupid.”

Reversing the Tet-Bhet verb of dipping and immersing in water, we get a better source for the bilabial-dental of BATH and BATHE than the alleged Indo-European “root” bhe (warm, supposedly a cognate of BAKE). BATHING is about Tet-Bet immersion, not the preferred BATHTUB temperature of some linguist. For the TUB part of BATHTUB, also dental-bilabial, see TUB. 

The Post-Biblical Hebrew AMBaDT, the noun and verb of BATHING, whence AMBaDTYaH, a BATHROOM is typically designated as a borrowing (EDK). It is doubtful that the Hebrew came from the Greek embatein (to go into), from en (in) and bainen (to go). Even though the dental-bilabial root has been reversed, the telltale ring around the BATHTUB is more likely from our Tet-Bet.  BATHOS and BATHY- and related words are more likely from our Tet-Bhet than from the alleged Indo-European “root” g( w) adh  (to sink). The AHD feels that PATHOS, BENTHOS and ABYSS have emerged from the mysterious depths of their language lab. Greek benthos, depths, is the same Tet-Bhet reversal,  with a nasalization thrown in.  See ABYSS.

Tet-Bhet depth may be reflected backwards in the DP of PUDDLE, which has no Indo-European “root”. “DEEP” words like Danish dyb point to other forms of Tet-Bhet like Dutch diep, (similar throughout Scandinavian),German and Yiddish tief. Frend “deep’ is profound; the Italian is profondo.  The pro-prefix and the extra N does not prevent one from seeing the reversed Tet-Bhet of Edenic depth in English PROFUNDITY.

The PROFOUND sense development is only deepened by the “DEEP” words with a B-K element. BaQ][A]h is split open, so that BiQ[A]H is a low, deep plain  (Genesis 11:2). Here are “DEEP” words in all Slavic like Russian gluboki. The Bet-Koof is reversed in Japanese fukai (deep) and fukasa (depth).

Bible Verses

Exodus 15:4 מרכבת פרעה וחילו ירה בים ומבחר שׁלשׁיו טבעו בים־סוף׃

“Pharaoh's chariots and his host hath He cast into the sea, and his chosen captains are sunk in the Red Sea. ”



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