Origin of English word GROAN

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Anglo-Saxon granian is supposed to connect with German greinen (to weep) and to GRIN. There is no non-Germanic cognate available, and no so-called Indo-European “root” offered for GROAN.

גרון GaROAN is a "neck" (Ezekiel16:11) or throat - "cry with full throat" (Isaiah58:1). This quote helps one hear the throat-groan connection, as Edenic often links words to relevant parts of the body.  גרגרת   GaRGeReT is defined as windpipe, and translated as "throat" in Proverbs3:3.  גרגר GeeRGaiR (to gargle) is not in the Bible, but other GR words like ערף GHoReF are. This Ayin-Resh words means the back of the neck – see GIRAFFE and SCRUFF.   Related neck and throat words  also with a guttural-liquid are 1)  Ayin-Lamed, על GHoaL (yoke, collar – Leviticus 26:13)  and 2)  לע LoahGH (throat – Proverbs 23:2). See COLLAR  and  GULLET.

While RiNaNaH is a joyful noise (Psalms 63:6), the RoaN of Lamentations 2:19  means to wail or moan. Here is another typical Edenic pair of  built-in opposites. The negative RN is heard in our throaty Resh-Noon of GaROAN (throat) – see more of this noisy RN sub-root at RUNE.


Neck and throat words from Ayin-Lamed  are at COLLAR.   Taking the Gimel-Resh etymon above are the throat words of French ( gorge – like English to GORGE), Spanish and Portuguese (garganta),  Polish (gardlo), Serbo-Croation (grlo), and Russian (gorlo).         

In Joti, the native isolate language of Venezuela where K=G and W=R, a throat is a kwan ( Stephen Bove ).  More on the shape of throats at CRANE and “GARGLE, but here we want to hear the GRN of throaty words like CROON. In a Swedish dialect (Scania), to clear the throat with a cough is kroena.
RoGahN (to grumble) is a related GRN term,   ananagram of GaROAN. In Deuteronomy1:27 the "murmuring" fits the 2nd definition of  Resh-Gimel-Noon/ RGN - to "rebel." The apostasy in this context offers an alternative etymon for RENEGEandRENEG(ADE) - switch RGN to RNG. GRUMBLE, along with GRIM, GRIMACE, and POGROM, are from Indo-European “root” ghrem (angry). This theoretical root is from  K[H]aROAN (anger -Nehemiah13:19) or an M213 metathesis of   RaGHaM (to RAGE, rave or roar). Russian and Serbo-Croatian grom and Hebrew  RaGHaM both mean thunder.  Variations on Resh-Ayin-Mem thunder include Czech hrom and Japanese raimei.   See RUMBLE, similar to GRUMBLE. Both human disappointment and anger are registered in the GaROAN or throat – see “anxiety” and choking at HANG.

"ANGER" and NECK are also linked at HANG.

Long–throated birds may be seen at CRANE. ORINTHOLGY (bird) terms are at “RUNE;”  an RN bird  shifted to LN is the LOON, a cognate of LAMENT below. 

Greek geranos (crane) gives us GERANIUM, the color of some of these flamingo-like creatures. Also related to GaROAN are words like CRANE, CRANBERRY, CROON and CUR. These are cognates of GERANIUM at Indo-European “root” gera (to cry hoarsely). GRUNT didn't make it here. CRANING the neck,  as the HERON, EGRET or  the CRANE does, are neck words, not cries. To groan in French is gemir; an M132

metathesis of Edenic guttural-liquid-nasal.    Returning to negative, mournful RN terms, a liquid shift to LM males LAMENT audile. The alleged Indo-European “root” of LAMENT is merely la (echoic root). The above RoaN from the book of LAMENTATIONS, certainly fits the moans and groans here.

Rabbi Nathan Glustein suggests that LARYNX (from Greek) and LARYNGITIS are f rom a scrambled GaROAN (throat).      See CRY, GARGLE and NECK.

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