Origin of English word BETA

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English Word

BETA

Edenic Word

BaiYT

Hebrew Word

בית

Transliteration

Bet-Yod-Tahf

Pronounciation

BAIT

Conversion

[BYT]

Roots

BETA is the second Greek letter, adopted from the "Phoenician" (read Hebrew) second letter. The Hebrew ב   BeT/ B designates the number two and resembles the symbol 2.


Branches

As usual, every available pronunciation of the Hebrew term has generated words.

All the BETA terms derived from pronouncing the Tahf as a T. BIS (twice - as in the musical direction to repeat) renders the Tahf as a Sahf/ S.  BIGAMY is from Latin bis (twice) + Greek gamos (marriage).

The Tahf as Thaf/ TH (which gave us Bethesda, MD) allows us to see BOTH as meaning "the two." See "BOTH."

Finally, pronouncing just the letter Bet, we get the BI- prefix of twoness seen in words like BIANNUAL or BIMONTHLY. As a BT term of twoness, BETA is the designed opposite of BT terms of exclusion like BUT (without, singled out – see  DIVIDED).

Ba isapluralprefixinSwahili; oba means "both" in Polish.


Related Words

BOTH,DIVIDED



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