Origin of English word FAN

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[NF → FN]


FAN is from Latin vannus (winnowing device), linked to Indo-European terms of blowing.

For the Edenic origin of FAN, point the Noon-Phey root backwards. נוף

N O OF (Isaiah 11:15) is to move back and forth, to swing, wave or FAN. NaF is the Syriac. The Egyptian fan is nfyt.  נפה   NaPHaH is a FAN;  נפה   NeePaH is to winnow (requiring swinging in the wind);  הניף   HaNeeYF is to swing, wave or FAN – Leviticus 7:30.  נוף   NOAF means landscape or scenery (Psalms 48:3); related to Aramaic NOAFAh (bough, branch). This entry clarifies that NOAF refers to flora that wave or fan in the wind.

Using the N-F sub root of fanning is nature’s most prolific, uplifting fan, the bird’s wing or כנף  K’NaF (Genesis 1:21). כנף   K'NAF (wing)  literally means "like a fan."  Even better, כנף

KaNaF is a chemical element made up of two overlapping molecules of meaning.  The first subroot,     כנ  Koof-Noon,  means a base, pedestal or socket (Exodus 30:28, I Kings 7:21, Isaiah 33:23.  These are anatomically correct terms for the first element of an arm or wing. The second subroot, our Noon-Phey, means”to wave or fan” –Exodus 35:22.   The wing of a bird FANS the air.

The נ-פ Noon-Phey music and meaning here is a reversal of the large family of nasal-bilabial pointers seen at the  POINT entry here and in the word family chapter of The Origin of Speeches.

P-N blowing words also appear at PNEUMATIC.


Related to the breeze-making of FAN, פח נ NaPHa[K]H is (to blow, swell, breathe — Genesis2:7). This is more than a match for IE “root” pu (to blow, swell), which is credited with EMPHYSEMA, PHYSO-, PREPUCE and PUSTULE.  The same PN (NP, VN or WN) root appears in words like PNEUMA, PNEUMONIA, VENT(ILATE), WIND and WINNOW. WINDOW is not placed here by the AHD, but perhaps it should be. When not WINTER, the WIND from the WINDOW is a welcome breeze.

Greek pnein and the Indo-European “root” pneu mean “to breathe”; Germanic root fneu is to sneeze.

The wind must have blown the word pniw (to blow) to the Klamath Indians of Oregon. All the N-P and P-N fanners and blowers point to the large plosive-nasal family of POINTERS (see POINT.) The four winds are the four directions.

NeFeSH is breath or soul (Genesis1:30). Nafas is breath and njawa is soul in Indonesian (where J replaces S). "Breath" in Modern Greek is anapnoe, and in Swahili it is pumzi (akin to our PN terms).

FUNNEL is traced to Latin infundibulum. A FUNNEL directs wind, smoke or liquid to a desired direction. Airfields have a funnel-shaped VANE (another Phey-Noon pointer) which has nothing to do with the shape of the bottom, and everything to do with POINTING. Our Phey-Noon root of FANNING  and POINTING is a more fundamentally sound etymology.

NOAF, as  NF words of natural beauty in Ancient Eygpt, appears in names like MENIFER, later corrupted to Memphis. Egyptian nefermeans beauty, as in the lovely NEFRETITI   [Al Ansley].   See   פאר  P’ER (beauty) at FAIR.   To move from from NF scenery to something sexier – see NYMPHET.

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