Origin of English word BREAK

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[ BRK]




Germanic brekan is thought to come from a fabricated Indo-European “root” bhreg (to break). In this large family of B P + L R + GKh words of breaking,  BRaK[H] (flee! - as in Genesis27:43) seems most appropriate for this entry because of its direct sound and meaning correspondence. One of the definitions for BREAK is "to dash off, run" and earlier "to begin, open or change suddenly."  To BREAK and run is to break one's previous posture, just as something FREAKY is a BREAK from normal behav­ior.   פרע Pey-Resh-Ayin/ P(H)-R-GH can mean a distrubance, riot, an un­ruly break out, or an outbreak of various kinds. הפליג HiPHLeeYG (to depart, embark) is another relative of breaking as running away or fleeing. FLIGHT (see “FLIGHT)  is a similar FLG term of breaking away.

The primary BREAK,severing into pieces,  (requiring a bilabial shift from Pey/P to B)is פרק  PeyRaQ (I Kings 19:11).   פרק PeyRaQ in Genesis 27:40 means “breaking off.”   The many bilabial-liquid-guttural breakers are listed below. BREAK can also mean to plow up, see PLOUGH below.

BREAK is linked to Latin frango (to break); the Hebrew "breakers" offered below demand less letter changes.


Below are eleven related “breakers” with the same sequence of bilabial-liquid-guttural:

1) ברג BeReG. Preserved in Arabic, this cognate of BRACE and BRACKET now infers screw and bolt in Modern Hebrew.  The corkscrew metal BREAKS through wood,

2) ברק BaRaQ. This is a bolt, FLICKER or broken line of lightning. Lightning is FORKED. See things that BRANCH out (a nasalized, extra N, form of BRK. See FORK.

 3) ברח BeReK[H]. This is the knee, which BREAKS the length of the leg. (The verb from is in Genesis24:11). BRACHY- words are from Greek brachys (short), while the arm's BRACHIUM is the Latin source of may arm-like words. These include BRACE, BRACELET, BRACHIO- (prefix for arm words), BRACKET (if not from the Arabic term above), BRA(N)CH and BREECHES. PeReQ is a joint (bone).

 4 )    פלך PeLeG. The FLOCK of words here includes BLOCK, BREAK, BRIGADE (see BRIGADE), FLAKE, FLUKE, FRACAS and PLUG. Consider that Genesis10:25 may refer to the break up of earth's single land mass into continents; otherwise Peleg was named for the tribal BLOCKS that took shape and migrated apart in his era. The same Hebrew term is the "divide" of "divide their tongue" in Psalms55:10. P’LooGaH is a division (IIChronicles35:5). The Indo-European “root” bhreg (to break) includes BRACKEN, BRAKE, BRAH, BRAY, BREACH, BRECCIA, FRACAS, FRACTION, FRAC­TURE, FRAGILE, FRAIL, INFRACTION, INFRINGE, OSSIFRAGE, REFRACT, REFRAIN and SUFFRAGE.

5)   פלח FeLaK[H] (piece, slice - ISamuel30:12) is another FLAKE (see FLAKE), FRACTION or FRAGMENT word.

6)There is פלח PaLaK[H] or פלח FaLa[K]H  in Psalms141:7. This word refers to either the PLOUGH or the FELLOW

  who PLOWs.

7) פלח   PeLeK[]H (Nehemiah 3:9). This spacial break off or partition means a district or PAROCHI(IAL) PLACE.

8)  פרח PeRaK[H] or FeRa[]KH. The BREAKING out here is the kind FRECKLES and PLAGUES might do. There's also the FLIGHT, spreading out and blossoming of birds, flora and FRA­GRANCES. The budding sense comes from Genesis40:10; spreading and "flourishing" is seen in Proverbs14:11. Boils (perhaps bubonic plague) "breaks forth" in Exodus9:9.          אפרח   EFRoaK[H] is a baby bird or FLEDGELING who breaks out of his shell; PaRaK[H] is to blossom or flower.

9) פרכת   PaRoKHeT. The curtain of Exodus26:31, this space breaker or partition is pargodus in Latin, and is nasalized as firanka  in Polish.  כפרת KaPoReT (covering on the holy ark—Exodus 25:17) is a synonym by M231 metathesis in  פרכת PaRoKHeT (the curtain before the holy of holies – Exodus 26:33).   The Finish curtain, esirippu, is a metathesis of one of these, perhaps a reversal of  כפרת KaPoRe(S).  This curtain is a covering (see COVER), while the related curtain, like the next word, is curtain as space BREAKER.

 Old Norse balkr (partition) is one of several terms attributed to Indo-European “root” bhelg. Some of these include BALCONY, BALK, BULK, FULCRUM and PHALANX.

10) פרך PaRahKH. Appearing in Exodus1:13, but more evident as a splitting word in Aramaic, it breaks up into English words like FLAKE, FLUKE and FREAK (see FREAK).

11) פרק   PeReQ or PayRahQ (Genesis 27:40) The definitions of this word infer BREAKING OFF or PARKING in a text (a chapter) as well as removal words like FLECK, FLEECE, FLICK and PLUCK. Via Indo-European “root” piek (to tear) one might add FLAY, FLESH, and FLETCH.

Bible Verses

Genesis 27:43 ועתה בני שׁמע בקלי וקום ברח־לך אל־לבן אחי חרנה׃

“Now therefore, my son, hearken to my voice; and arise, flee thou to Laban my brother to Haran;”



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