Origin of English word BLAME

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English Word

BLAME

Edenic Word

BiL[A]hM

Hebrew Word

בלעם

Transliteration

Bet-Lamed-Ayin-Mem

Pronounciation

BILL-um

Conversion

[BLAM]

Meaning

name of Biblical curse monger, damner

Roots

It is difficult to accept the Greek word blasphemein as the source of BLAME. The original meaning of BLAME, a condemnation or expletive like "damned," doesn't match the profanation of the sacred originally inferred by BLASPHEMY.

The Hebrew Bible records a long and humorous episode of a professional damner or curse-monger named ¬† בלאם BiL[A]hM (Balaam is the Anglicization). If fictional and real people can give us words like "malapropisms" and "spooner¬≠isms," surely this memorable character in Numbers22-24 can offer a more satisfactory etymon for BLAME than the Greek source of blasphemy.


Bible Verses

Joshua 24:10 ו לא אביתי לשׁמע לבלעם ויברך ברוך אתכם ואצל אתכם מידו׃

“But I would not hearken unto Balaam; therefore he even blessed you; so I delivered you out of his hand.”


Strong

(1109)

Related Words

STYMIE



kristophe   3/2/2017 3:28:00 AM
suck

Monica   8/12/2015 1:02:00 AM
This is really goood except for one thing, the word 'HUMOUR' isn't in! Have fun searching!

Zach   10/1/2013 12:36:00 PM
Thus we should bless & not curse - important to remember - especially right now in this time of government shutdown. Blessings, Zachary (:

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