Origin of English word BONNY

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Edenic Word


Hebrew Word







[N-BH → BN]


BONNY (Scottish and English dialect term for beautiful) has no known origin. In Scottish and Irish the word is ban. This is much like French bon, good, but  a French source won’t do.

1. Edenic offers   לבן LaBHahN, white  (Genesis 30:37). See ALBINO.  Fairness and whiteness is a positive value for Europeans and other people without color.

2. The bonny lass in Song of Songs (1:5) is black and beautiful. That word for beautiful (nice, pretty, comely) is   נאוה Na’AVeH.  Reversing the NV might provide a BN of comeliness.

Other  B-N “good” or “pretty” words (see below) are given the strange root deu- 2 ( to do, perform, show favor, revere). For the Tet-Bhet etymon the AHD needed above, see “DIVINE


לבן LaBHaN (white)  should be behind other BN words of fairness (pale, beautiful thus good), since white folk associate fair skin with fairness, thus goodness: BONA FIDE, BONANZA, BONBON, BONITA, BONNE, and BONUS are the few words from the Indo-European “root” above that make have a BN sound and have any relationship to beauty or at least goodness.   Chinese wan means beautiful. Japanese bijin  is pretty. Malay phien means good. All of these bilabial-nasals have also taken the Bet-Noon of LaBHaN, or have reversed the Noon-Vav of Na’AVeH.

In the Romance languages, the Japhetic (from  YaPHeH, beautiful), aesthetic-oriented have shifted “pretty” to “good.” French bon and Spanish bueno keep the N-nasal, but Portuguese shifts to bom.

Perhaps FINE (good) belongs here too, although it is thought to come from Latin finis, an ending or finishing… in that something finished is perfected and good.  For Edenic etymons of Pey-Noon finishing, WANING, removing or clearing out – or the noun PeeYNaH (an end) – see the large family of bilabial-nasals at POINT. 

Using the first part of  לבן LaBH aN might get us the whitening   ( הלבין HeLBeeYN), cleansing of LAVE and LAVATORY.

Latin lavare, to wash, is traced to the Indo-European “root” leu(e), to wash.

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