Origin of English word GIGANTIC

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The word GIGANTIC is addressed in the entry: OGRE

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[ OG]


An OGRE is a hideous monster or giant; mighty     עוג [O]aG / OG, King of Bashan, was the last of the giants of Scripture (Numbers21:33, Deuteronomy3:11). Judging from the Bible illiteracy in graduate literature classes, the fellows who wrote that OGRE was probably coined by French fairy tale writer Charles Perrault (d. 1703) had probably never heard of Og. The Frenchman explains the "re" suffix added to Og's name.


In not pronouncing the Hebrew Ayin / GH like a G or K, remember that the French OGRE would take the voiceless European (Ashkenazic) accent. And is there a Mediterranean (Sephardic), guttural KG or GG version of a giant? Joseph P. Shipley lists the Indo-European root gigas which begat the Greek and Latin gigas and gigantos, bearing offspring like GIANT and GIGANTIC. Italian for GIGANTIC is gigantesco.  GIANT lost its second G.  

It is not wrong to speak of  an Ashkenazi or Sephardi Ayin.  But the guttural and vowel Ayin variants are thought to be only historical, about regional dialects in Sepharad (Iberia) and Ashkenaz (Germanic lands). Global cognates prove that these variants are designed and prehistoric. 

The illiterate Greeks, who clumsily borrowed an alphabet from the Semites, probably paganized the stuff of many Biblical epics. One of these was the account of mighty Og and the Anakim (Nephilim) battling God's army for the rights to settle Canaan. Gigas (Og) is a major figure in their mythic battle between the Titans and the gods. As for Og's wife, note the Old Norse term for OGRESS, gygr. This is the given source for the Scottish word for an evil spirit or ogre, GYRE (2). For other English words from Hebrew names see RUTHLESS.

A synonym for GIGANTIC, HUGE is actually a cognate, as Ayin / GH  can be rendered as just an H (see HONEY).

HUGE is easily from our Ayin-Gimel source of GIGANTIC words. HUGE (see HUGE) is traced to Old French ahoge (of uncertain origin, but considered a possible relative of HIGH).

Japanese “big, large, great” is okii – only a guttural shift from [O]aG.  This is further evidence that Ayin-Gimel meant “giant” before Og was named.  Another giant Biblical contribution is  at “COLLOSUS.” 

John Phillip Cohane’s The Key (Schocken, N.Y.,1976) ascribes scores of place names to Og, epecially from Ireland to North Africa.   There is  a towering Welsh goblin or giant named Hough or Ough [both variants of Ayin];  was king of the French goblins; Hagan was a legendary giant in Norwegian and German mythology  Ogier was a mighty warrior in Danish mythology  The Choctaw indians, originally from the southeastern U.S., have a Oklatabashish, meaning “survivor of the Great Flood.”  Jewish lore has Og surviving the flood by hanging on to Noah’s ark.  Cohane feels that UGLY is from Og.

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