Origin of English word CRINGE

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English Word

CRINGE

Edenic Word

KaRaGH

Hebrew Word

כרע

Transliteration

Kahf-Resh-Ayin

Pronounciation

Car-RAGH

Conversion

[KR-GH → KR+N G]

Roots

To CRINGE is from Old English cringan, to yield. A proposed Germanic base is  and the AHD offers the weak IE “root” ger- 2 (curving, crooked).  The theoretical root doctors favor sound corrrespondance, and try to bend the sense to fit. Edenics favors sense (semantics), then sees if there’s a fitting sound correspondence.

כרע   KaRaGH is to bow down, kneel down. The root is used to force one to subdue or yield. In I Kings 19:18, there is bowing to Baal; in Esther 3:5 there is refusal to yield or cringe before Haman.  The Ugaritic and Arabic is similar.  כרע   KeRaGH is a knee. הכרעה  HaKHRa’GHaH is subduing an enemy, leading to the modern   הכרחה  HaKHRaK[H]aH (compulsion). CRINGE has the added N in the common linguistic phenomenon called nasalization.

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Branches

כרוך   K’ROOKH (folded) is like the flexed knee of our guttural-liquid-guttural root.  כרך   KeRaKH (to clothe, cover, wrap – Esther 8:15) can involve bending material in a protective way, and is a source for words like CLOAK  (see CLOAK) and CRANK.  The nasalized CRANK is a cognate of CRINGE according to the AHD – see CRANK.   CROUCH is a cognate of CRINGE. But from the same Edenic  Kahf-Resh-Ayin etymon, not the confused Indo-European “root” ger- 2 (curving, crooked).

COW, COWER and COWARD are at CROUCH.


Related Words

CURVE



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