Origin of English word GOLGOTHA

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The word GOLGOTHA is addressed in the entry: SCALP

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The alleged Indo-European “root” is skel or kel (to cut), and one Hebrew etymon is      קלף   QaLahPH to skin, peel (or SCALP) – see   SCALLOP.   קליפה QLeePaH is a skin, peel, shell or rind.   קלף     QLaPH is parchment. Other Hebrew terms to consider include  ח קר QayRaya[K]H (bald — Leviticus13:40),   גלב GaLaBH (barber - Ezekiel5:1),   גליפה GiLeeYPHaH (carving, engraving) and   גלגלת GLGoaLeT (skull, head—Exodus16:16).     גלד GeLeD is skin or hide.  Removing hair from skin involves this  Gimel-Lamed subroot, as   גלה GaLaH means “ to make bare, reveal, lay open “  (Harkavy)  or the “open as unveiled” in Numbers 24:4.

For the inhistoric S added before some guttural root words, see SCOOP.


SCALL (old Norse skalli is a bald head), SCALPEL and SCULPTURE are official cognates. Consider adding CALLOW, CALVARY, CALVINISM, CALYPTRA, CARVE, CLIP, CREPE, GOLGOTHA, (reversing to) PEEL, PILL(AGE) and PARCH(MENT).  Using just the Lamed-Pey subroot, YalePeS is scurvy. Drop the Koof to get the source of Indo-European “root” lep (to peel) and LEPER, LEPIDO, LEPROSY, etc. Russian galavais a head.  Reinforcing the extra S is Spanish escalpar (scalp).

A PLAQUE is a sign originally made on wood, probably of tree bark. A 321 metathesis or reversal of Koof-Lamed-Pey (which also can mean tree bark) may give us the word PLAQUE .  (Mark Feffer)

See CALIBERCALLOW, GALYAK, 'GLYPH', and SKULL. For the bogus initial-S, see SCALLOP.

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