Origin of English word DWELL

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Edenic Word


Hebrew Word









to dwell


The alleged Indo-European “root” of DWELL is  the absurd dheu- 1 (“the base of a wide variety of derivatives meaning ‘to rise ina cloud,’ as dust, vapor, or smoke, and related to semantic notions of breath, various color adjectives, and forms denoting defective perception or wits.”  We say amen to these last five words, but shall find a source more livable and lasting for DWELL.

Dalet-Vav-Resh, DOOR is to dwell (Psalms 84:11 or the Aramaic of Daniel 2:38).  To get DWELL, the Vav/V is pronounced as a W, and the end-liquid shifts from Resh/R to L.  Dalet-Vav-Resh appears to mean a place in place names in both Israel and Babylonia (Daniel 3:1).  Dalet-Bhet- Lamed is in a city name in Israel’s northern border (Ezekiel 6:14), while there is a D’BHeeYR in Phoenicia (Judges 1:11).  A DoaBHeR is a sheep-fold; D’BHeeYR is the dwelling place of the divine presence in the Temple’s Holy of Holies.   The Zayin-to-D shift from Hebrew to Aramaic, etc. (see “AU S CULATE”) also allows us to also include זבול Z[V]OOL (dwelling, residence). The verb Za[V]aL is in Genesis 30:20, as in Leah’s wish for the father of her new son  Z’VOOLooN (Zebulon) to dwell with her.


Sumerian dur is to occupy or dwell. Akkadian daru means everlasting.  DWELLING involves time as well as place. A generation is a notable DURATION, and DOAR is a generation (Leviticus 3:17).   Daled DOAR is also a generation in Ugaritic), while Arabic dahr means a long time. These are far better sources for DURABLE, DURATION, DURING and ENDURANCE than a laboratory Indo-European “root” spelled either deue or dwae (long in duration).  The two spellings attempt to capture the versatile Vav, a vowel and a W. The standard etymology of words like DURANCE is Latin durus, hard.

Arabic dar is a house. DeeYR is a shed, DeeYRaH is the modern Hebrew for an apartment --  See ARSENAL  There is dental-liquid root of moving around as well as of staying put, see TOUR.

DeeYR sounds like the forest mammal DEER.  This may not be a coincidence.  DEER is the most common beast that DWELLS, from Dalet-Vav-Resh, in forest and wilderness areas near man. Similarly, SPARROW came froma generic word   – see  SPARROW.  This theory is backed up by the words for “animal” in the Scandinavian languages: Daish and Norwegian dyr, and Swedih djur.  The German generic animal has shifted to tier, but the Dutch is dier and the Old Norse is dyr. The AHD’s so-called root for DEER, DUST, DOVE and DEAF is dheu - 1 (to rise as a cloud..various color adjectives.); As further evidence, the Edenic DEER, TSi[V]eeY, turns up in Slavic words for “animal” – see BEAST.

Just as  דירה DeeYRaH, apartment developed from the older דור     DWooR, to dwell,  so Polish dwor  came to mean a mansion-house.

Bible Verses

Psalm 84:11 כי טוב־יום בחצריך מאלף בחרתי הסתופף בבית אלהי מדור באהלי־רשׁע׃

“For a day in Thy courts is better than a thousand; I had rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.

Alternative versions: Psalms 84:10



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