Origin of English word DAD

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uncle...beloved male relative


DAD or DADDY, the informal term for father, does not appear before 1500, and is often dismissed as slang.   But as a “father” word, or term of endearment (see this DUDE at TOOTS), this double-dental word is far too ancient and universal to be taken lightly.

Edenic דד Dalet-Dalet can signify any beloved male relative,  friend or lover, while דוד DOAD is   specifically an uncle – Leviticus 10:4. More than a cousin’s DADDY, the double-dental word in Japanese, otto,  means husband.. The related “lover” term is ידיד YiDeeYD (Deuteronomy 33:12). Double dental (TT) uncle and aunt words are best seen in Slavic (at TOOTS), but note the Finnish aunt, tati. The feminine Dalet-Dalet term, used for aunt, appears in Exodus 8:20 and Lev 18:14.  The feminine Dalet-Dalet term  דודה DOADaH, used for aunt, appears in Exodus 8:20 and Lev 18:14 .   דודים   DOADeeYM means physical love in Ezekiel 23:17 and Proverbs 7:18.  Commentators are not sure what to make of the  דודאים DOODA’eeYM of Genesis 30:14.  “Mandrakes” or not, they were used with fertile results to obtain Jacob’s conjugal services.


Global DADS include:

Aroana (Bolovian Amazon) tadi, Aztec tahtil,ta, Basque aita (father) and aitatxo (dad) and  aitaita  (grandfather),  Czech, Irish and Latin daid, German Vati, Greek tata, Inca tayta, Inuit ataatak, Hungarian atya, Latvian tetis, Lithuanian tete, Nahuatl tatli, Polish tatus, Quechua tayta, Rumanian tata,  Russian dyadya and atyets, Sanskrit Tatah, Sumerian ada, Tagalog tatay, Turkish ata , Yiddish tate, Welsh tad .

The Japanese word for "father," chichi, should not fit.  But  it is from the older titi.


Among native North American DADDIES there is: Algonquin tatag, Biloxi, adi, Cherokee udoda, Hidatsa tatis, Hopi taata, Kenora taitas, Micmac tatat, Minetare tanta, Navaho ta, Omaha dada and Otchipwe dede.

  A double dental for a beloved male relative who is neither one’s father or uncle is Sanskrit dada (brother).             See Dalet-Dalet or double-dental “aunt” words at TITTIE.   More erotic body parts at “UDDER.”

 Double bilabial “pappa” words are at ABBOT.

Dalet-Vav-Dalet is the name דוד  DaVeeD or David (which means beloved) .  In Arabic the na me is pronounced Dawoud.  The Israeli slang is Dudu,  most like DADDY.

Bible Verses

Leviticus 10:4 ויקרא משׁה אל־מישׁאל ואל אלצפן בני עזיאל דד אהרן ויאמר אלהם קרבו שׂאו את־אחיכם מאת פני־הקדשׁ אל־מחוץ למחנה׃

“And Moses called Mishael and Elzaphan, the sons of Uzziel the uncle of Aaron, and said unto them: ‘Draw near, carry your brethren from before the sanctuary out of the camp.’”



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