Origin of English word DIP

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[DT-BH-L → DP]


DIVE (see DIVE), DIP, DEEP and DEPTH are thought to come from Indo-European “root” deub- (deep, hollow).  Anglo-Saxon dyfan is to immerse; Old Norse dyfaisto plunge. An older, also theoretical  Indo-European base dheup covers DEEP and DIP; Indo-European “root” dub (to drop, dip) includes DI(M)P(LE), DOPE and DU(M)P (note the nasalizations with the extra M).

טבל DTeBHeL is to dip or immerse – the   ט-ב   Tet-Bhet subroot of immersion isseen at “DIVE.’    For the  ב-ל  Bhet-Lamed subroot,   see BALL.

To DIP is often  a quicker or less total immersion as in baptizing. A partial  ט-ב   Tet-Bhet dipping of Joseph’s cloak into goat’s blood is seen in Genesis 37:3.   In Joshua 3:15 the KJV’s “DIPPED” is correct, while the Septuagint’s Greek source of “baptism” is more difficult.  The same goes for the “DIPPING” (KJV) of leprous Naaman in the Jordan River in II Kings 5:14.  For a more religious diving there is:  "So he went down and immersed himself in the Jordan. . ." (IIKings5:14).   The Greek Septuagint prefers the Greek baptismal word to “dopping” because it wants to create a typology for the future ritual of baptism.  ( StudyLight and Jonathan Went)    טבעת   DTaBa’[A]T is a signet ring because one presses it, immerses into liquid wax or etc. to make a royal seal.


BAPTISM itself is allegedly from a fictional Indo-European “root” called gwebh- 1 (to dip, sink), with cognates like BAPTIZE and ANABAPTIST.  The Greek baptein is to dip. The Greek spelling with the extra P, to better pronounce the B-T,  prevented scholars from connecting it to Greek bathus, deep (whence BATH, and BATHE—traced by the AHD to Indo-European bhe , to warm, and  BATHOS and BATHY- -- traced by the AHD to Indo-European gwadh, to sink).   All these B-T’s are merely the reverse of Tet-Bhet immersing, dipping, an sinking -- in case any BAPTIST wants to go deeply enough into his Hebrew roots. Moder Greek is closer to the Bhet, as depth is vathis.  Deep emotions gave us forms of PATHOS (Greek suffering) like, EMPATHY,  PATHETIC, SYMPATHY  and -PATHY.

Birds that are DAPPLED, speckled or mottled like a DAPPLE-gray DOVE are, as it were, DIPPED in color, TSeBH[A}h  (Judges 5:30). More specifically the Bible gives us a Tsadi-Bhet, which shifts to D-P, bird in  the GHaaYiDT TSaBHOO[A]h , the speckled kite of Jeremiah 12:9. 

Reversing to Bhet-Tet /BH-DT allows for German Bad as well English BATH. German and Yiddish “deep” have shifted dentals: tief. Other “deep” words look much like the English: Danish and Norwegian dyb, Dutch diep and Swedish djup.  Both DiMPLE (a depression) and to DUMP are nasalized forms of DTaBH[A], to press in or immerse.  Moe added Ms before P at CRAMP.   German Taufe is baptism (only a bilabial shift from Bhet/BH to F is needed). 

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