Origin of English word GALA

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Old French gale (joy, enjoyment) is a fine source for GALA (festive; a festive occasion). The authorities go on to add that GALA is "probably from Middle Dutch wale (riches, wealth)."

  גיל GeeYL and גילה GeeLaH mean joy and rejoicing - Isaiah65:18

רגל ReGeL is a annual pilgrimage holiday, inferring the joy of repetition   – see  REGULAR.   GLAD adds  a dental to the GL stem; similarly does  עלץ   GHaLaTS is to be glad or to “exult”

(I Samuel 2:1).   See ELATED and EXULT.

With the dental shift from צ Tsadi to ד D ,   עלץ GHaLaTS is a better source of Old English glaed (joyful) than Indo-European “root” ghel – 2 (to shine –-  alleged cognate of GALL).

See  GLreversed at the LG of ‘laugh,” at the LAUGH entry.  The built-in opposite of our GALA   

ג-ל   Gimel-Lamed root of GLEE  is the bitter rancor of  געל Ga’[A]L (loathing, nausea) seen at GALL.


GALLANT, GLEE, JOLLY and REGALE are all related. GALANTRY has roots in    גיל  GeeYL (REGALING).   Hawaiian hauoli (glad) may be related too. Reverse Gimel-Lamed / GL to get L’[A]hG (to jest, laugh at – Proverbs 17:5).  For a reason why there is an L and G in LAUGHTER, see LAUGH.  

ALLEGRO,a joyful musical direction, and Spanish alegre  (glad) and alegria  (glee), are probably a reversal of our GLEEFUL Gimel-Lamed root.  Webster’s prefers a Latin etymon that comes from QahL, swift – see “ACCELERATE. As quick-paced ALLEGRO music indicates, swiftness and joy go together, and are only a guttural shift away in Edenic.

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