Origin of English word FREAK

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[PH-R-G → FRK]


The dictionaries, in a FREAK (unusual) display of candor admit "origin unknown" for this one.

The FRK Biblical Hebrew terms at FREE will do well to match the capricious, whimsical and disordered connotations of FREAK. Abnormal behavior, as in the slang phrase "to FREAK OUT," is precisely the kind of abrupt, emotional change of mood in the Aramaic verb הפריג HiFReeYG. L’FraQeeYeeM  means "on rare occasions."  פרועה PaROO[A]H means unrestrained and disorderly, but also a more FERAL wildness –  see “FEROC IOUS.”  After the Golden Calf  (Exodus 32:25) , Moses sees that the Israelites are FaRooGHah,     פרע Pey-Resh-Ayin, “broken loose,” later in JPS “out of control.”   See BREAK and PERK.  פרע PaRooGHah, akin to FRK, is translated as “unbridled, unruly” by Harkavy, and B-Y cites extensions meaning riot, to plunder and to cause disorder. Riotously loose hair, the   פרע PeR[A]h of Numbers 5:18 (related to PILIFORM, hairy, PL words at PILE) can be a good FREAKY. But a FREAK outbreak of rioting is  bad and FREAKISH, like the outbreak of disease:  פרח PeRaK[H]  (Leviticus 13:12 – see BREAK).  

 We may thus see פרע Pey-Resh-Ayin as the  פר Pey-Resh sub-root of spreading and breaking out seen in words like  פרד    PaRaD (to spread, see SPREAD) and פרץ   PaRaTS (to break forth, breach, see BURST), with the רע Resh-Ayin of bad behavior seen at WRONG. ( Al L. Ansley)


It’s daringly non-conformist, even FREAKY, to be FRANK. FRANK is from Middle Latin francus (free, at liberty). The word is nasalized, but is a fine semantic match for Pey-Resh-Ayin seen below at FREE.

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