Origin of English word HAMMER

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The word HAMMER is addressed in the entry: MALLET


English Word

MALLET

Edenic Word

HeLeM

Hebrew Word

הלם

Transliteration

Hey-Lamed-Mem

Pronounciation

HELL-em

Conversion

[HLM→ ML]

Meaning

to hammer

Roots

Many ML soft things fit the MILL entry and the M-L Indo-European “root”s that attempt to organize them historically.  While pounding does soften and mill various grains, Latin malleus, hammer, mallet and IE mel (to crush, grind) may not be the only roots of MALLET. One has to go from softness to the hard things that may make them that way.

Yael’s trusty hammer made sure that Sisera was dead in Judges 5:26.  Her MALLET,   הלם HeLeM, reverses the M-L of MALLET.


Branches

Israelis would recognize the modern form of hammer, HahLMOOT.  The Vav-Tahf suffix echoes the –ET added to MALLET.  An M132 metathesis of HeLeM could feel like a HAMMER with a liquid shift of Lamed to R. Old English hamor (hammer) is from Germanic hammeraz (hammer) – so the ER is no suffix. Nature’s HeLeM to strike and get fire is the [K]HaLaMeeYSH (flint – Deuteronomy 32:13).


Bible Verses

Judges 5:26 ידה ליתד תשׁלחנה וימינה להלמות עמלים והלמה סיסרא מחקה ראשׁו ומחצה וחלפה רקתו׃

“She put her hand to the nail, and her right hand to the workmen's hammer; and with the hammer she smote Sisera, she smote off his head, when she had pierced and stricken through his temples.” Judges 5:26 (KJV)


Strong

(1986)

Related Words

MILL



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