Origin of English word EYE

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Edenic Word


Hebrew Word







[ EY(N)]


There are older EYE words in Middle English like ein and eyne. The Old Teutonic augon (eye) has gutturalized the ע   Ayin / GH to a G and switched places with the      י Yod / Y. The given Indo-European “root” for EYE, ok(w) (to see), resembles neither   עין [A]YiN (eye - Exodus21:24), nor the Germanic etymons above, nor a score of the cognates attributed to this theoretical root.


The easiest  forms of עין       [A]YiN ( eye),to see are in Dravidian.  There’s the Hindi   aan kha (eye), similar in Guriati.

The L of EYELET is from oeil, the French eye. OCUL(AR), (MON)OCLE and OGLE also display the Noon/ N to L change seen in the connection between bank and Old English balca (bank), or that between man and male.  See a score of these Noon/ N to L shifts at Appendix B.  For the moment, consider guttural Ayin+L instead of the expected vowel Ayin + N.  In English we have guttural-L sight words like OCULAR, and OGLE. There is, for one example, the Mohawk eye, okara. ( Phil Van Riper assures us that this won’t  be the last of the Mohican cognates). That vowel-guttural-liquid comes out as glahz in Russian.

Reversing this guttural-liquid seeing term is a common verb of EYEING, with no IE “root:”  LOOK. 

It's not hard to see EYE to EYE with the following versions of עין    [A]YiN or GHaYiN which contain 1) a vowel, CH,G or K, 2) a  Y, J or H and/or  3) an  N, M or L:

Cantonese ngaan, Chinese yan, Czech oko (which, like others, has dropped any Noon), Eskimo iye, German auge, Igbo anya, Italian occhio, Japanese me,  Korean nun, Malaya: Galela lako (OCULAR reversed), Malay: Sula Island hama, Maidu (California Indians) hin, Navaho an’a’ orah-nah, Portuguese ojho, Spanish ojo, Swahili jicho, Welsh llygad Yoruba (Nigerian) oju and Tamil kan. Reverse to mada, the Hawaiian eye.  Many similar Polynesian eyes favor a reversed Dalet-Mem of words like דמה    DeeMaH (to liken, compare, think – Psalm 48:10).  Preferring TM is Fijian mate (eye) and mati  in dialects of Malay. Mata-mata, the Indonesian spy, is using his eyes doubly, or his secret camera to take many a תמונה   TeM OONaH (picture, image --  Exodus 20:4).

 A nasal shift from   ע-נ Ayin-Noon brings AIM into focus  – see AIM.

The Welsh term is a cognate of LOOK. (See the Malay lako above.) GH-Y-N (shifted to L) or KH-Y-L reveals that OCULIST and LOOK are backwards cognates.

GHaYahN is also to eye, see or look at. Unlike the noun above, the Chinese verb to EYE or LOOK is k'an.  Another KN eye from guttural Ayin-Noon is Telugu (from Sanskrit) kanu. See English KEN below.

Japanese proves that a language can have both the vowel and the guttural Ayin influence its vocabulary. In me (eye) above, the Ayin is a vowel (and Ayin-Noon is reversed, with a nasal shift).  Japanese also has several k-a-n words that echo  עין GaYahN (to look at). These include kanran suru (to see, view) and kantoku (supervision).

The guttural Ayin as   GHaYiN, GH-Y-N, like KYN, gives English CANNY, CONAN, CAN, CONNOSSEUR, CONNOTE, GAN(DER), IGNORE, IGNORANT, KEN, and KNOW, since seeing or perceiving is knowing. Do you see?

  Another Chinese word for eye is mu -- from   עין [A]YiN reversed and with a nasal shift.  It is used primarily for aiming.  AIM then came into focus as a possible [A]YiN word.  AIM has no Indo-European “root”, and the Middle English aymen is weakly linked to Latin aestimare, to estimate. In the 21st Century the children of Adam will decline phoney classical etymologies, and keep their eyes on the prize -- Eden.

The eye is the window of the soul. The “eyes” or observation holes in a house are the windows. So the window words are a guttural Ayin-Noon or GH-N in Czech, Polish and Russian (okno) and in Finnish (ikkuna). The Polish window is okno, more discernably from  the Ayin-Noon of  עין .

    In warmer climes the window is named for Edenic wind or ventilation,  see “wind”  at FAN.  For the window word involving breaking into walls,  see  FENESTRATE and “BREECH.”

The numerical equivalent of letter Ayin is 70.  It is said that the Diety and the Torah have “70 faces.” That is 70 facets, or outlooks for interpretation. If Ayin-Yod-Noon involves what is seen, then Aleph-Yod-Noon (nothingness, the unseen) is its built-in opposite.

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Irwell   8/5/2017 4:04:00 AM
EYriE Owl, ''eye'' the word even looks like an owl''s face with two eyes ''e e'' and the nose/beak ''y''. So Adam named the owl face [bird of prey], ''eye''

peter   5/15/2014 10:14:00 PM
what do you think of the idea that the Normans who came to defeat English troops and occupy England for 300 years, using Norman/French often, used the French pronunciation of "e" to make the French phoneme of "e" and then adding "y" to make it look like it was an English word to equate the "ll" French glide? Of course, we know that this task was done largely by French monks, who had no clear system to decide and standardize English, so who knows where the spelling of eye originate truly, but this seems plausible. It is striking that the French "e" replicates the French "e" phoneme. It is also very weird that the "e" is pronounced like a Latin "a" in eye (and the second is not pronounced at all ... presumably to make it look like those "e" ending words in English and French.

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