Origin of English word GREET

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The word GREET is addressed in the entry: CRY

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[ KRA]


Loud call


Old French quiritaire (to raise a plaintive cry, wail or shriek) is cited, but the dictionary concludes that CRY is "probably of echoic origin."

קרא QaRAh is to call out loudly, as in Isaiah58:1 - "Cry with full throat without restraint, raise your voice like a ram's horn!" Sanskrit krosa is a shout and  קרא QRAh  inJudges7:20 is rendered "shout." Elsewhere in Scripture, the Koof-Resh verb  KR fits the loud proclamation or recitation of the town CRIER. The crier reads aloud, which is what קרא QaRAh specifically can mean. In Arabic, the KORAN is that which is read (often aloud).

Shifting liquids from Resh/R to Lamed/L, קול   QOAL is a voice or cry – see CALL.


Via Indo-European “root”s like gar (to call, cry), ghel (to call), gera (to call hoarsely) and gher (to call out) we may call on such related words as CARE, COR(MORANT), CRANE, CROAK, CROON, CROW, CUR GARRULOUS, GERANIUM, GREET, (NIGHTING)GALE, QUAIL SLOGAN, YELL and YELP. An appropriate GR etymon is GARON (throat)  – see  GROAN.

QaRQeR is to croak or shout; QOAL is a voice or to call; (R interchanges with the other tongue-letter or liquid, L) – see CALL.    CRY in Spanish or Portugese is gritar ,and in Russian kritchat.  In the native Venezuelan isolate of Joti, to cry is kelau ( Stephen Bove) .

Back to the reading sense of QaRAh, irrakurri is to read in Basque, and keras in Indonesian means aloud.

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