Origin of English word GLISSADE

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A GLISSADE is an intentional slide by a mountain climber or a ballet dancer. Old Dutch glisten, is to slide. An accidental slip, or error, even by a computer, is a GLITCH, from German glitschen, to slip, slide.

GaLaS(H) is to slide, glide or, later, ski. Songs6:5 should read:

Your hair is like a flock of goats glissading down from Gilead.

The King James Version had the gracefully sliding goats "appear;" different JPS versions had them "trail" or "stream."   

Double-root:   גלש   Gimel-Lamed-Shin, GaLaSH (to slide, glide, ski)  = 1. Gimel-Lamed

+ 2. Lamed-Shin.

1)    גלל   GaLaL is to roll (Genesis 29:3). GiLGOOL means (rolling). More GL at CYCLE.

2)    לשד   LiSHaD is juice or sap (Psalms 32:4); לשון     LaSHOAN is a tongue (Judges 7:5)

    or that which makes slick, smooth and wet. A reconstructed Indo-European “root” for Slimy

   and Slippery words is slei. See below.    Reverse SL for LS and our Lamed-Shin sub-root.

The Indo-European “root” of GLISSADE and GLITCH is ghel- 2 .  The AHD’s sound is sound, but their sense (ghel- 2   means “ to shine ”) is senseless .


The American Heritage Dictionary dictionary has slipped once again here, but they do cite Old High German glitan (to glide) and some relevant cognates like GLASS, GLAZE, GLIDE, GLOSS and a GLITCH variant called GLITSH. These words belong together for their slipperiness, not their shine. Add GLACIS, from Old French glacier (to slip), as well as GLACIER.  GLACIAL and GLACIATE should be included.

French glisser (to slide, slip), and glissant (slippery)  are easily from GaLaSH (S-F).  Ice cream is creamy smooth, not shiny. Ice cream is therefore glace in French, glass in Swedish. Modern Hebrew ice cream, GleeYDaH, is more related to Arabic snow, galid – see “CRYOGENESIS.” But smoothness and congealed coldness both speak to the sound and sense of GL + fricative or dental.

 Animals smooth and GLOSS over their fur with their toungue.  The linguistic GLOSS is from Greek glossa (tongue), ghlossa in Modern Greek. GLOSSARY and GLOSSOLALIA (what may have happened neuro-linguistically at The Tower of Babel) are attributed to an Indo-European “root” named glogh (thorn).   LaSHOAN (tounge—Judges 7:5; language  -- Genesis 10:20) is easily slipped into this entry; see SLANG and LICK.  How did GLT words like GLOTTIS and POLYGLOT come from a GLS?  The AHD cannot explain why Greek glotta also means tongue, but the Shin/ SH always became a T when Aramaic was spun off from the Edenic human language program.

GLISSANDO is a gliding effect in music, as with adjacent piano keys. French glisser is to slip or slide.  Let your LaSHOAN (tongue) be a backwardsGaLSHOAN (glider) and let's SLOG and GaLaSH (slide) in our GALOSHES through the  SHeLeG (snow).    See SLUDGE.

Listed cognates by the AHD for the Indo-European “root” slei or lei (slimy) include:  LIME (birdlime),

LINIMENT, LOAM, OBLIVION, SCHLEP (SHaLaPH is to slide out),  SLICK (K[H]aLahQ is smooth; like SLEIGH

it echos a reversed GaLaSH), SLIGHT, SLIME, SLIP and SLIPPERY.

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