Origin of English word HANDSEL

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The word HANDSEL is addressed in the entry: CONSULT

English Word


Edenic Word


Hebrew Word







[S(H)- U-L]


Latin consultare is from consulere (to consider, deliberate, ask advice). Our CONSULT also means to seek information or to ask advice. The Latin term, however, is further broken down to com (with) plus a Gothic base related to "sell."

"To ask" in Hebrew is   שאל  SHAhahL (Genesis 24:47, Exodus13:4). To retain the "T" of CONSULTATION, there is   שאלתה   SH'ALTaH (an official inquiry - from the Aramaic of Daniel4:14).


There is no IE “root” ascribed to CONSULT and it is unclear if CONSULAR, CONSULATE and COUNSELOR are related. These terms are also linked to SELL (to give up and deliver). Germanic seljan (to offer up, deliver), Old Norse sola (sale) and Anglo-Saxon sellan (to sell, deliver to) form the background to words like SELL, SALE and HANDSEL. The Indo-European “root” of these three words is sel (to take). S(H)aLaL is to take. The Hebrew etymon best fitting the terms of "giving up" and "delivering" above is  SH’Loa[K]H (to send off, extend, delegate - Genesis 44:3, Genesis32:4, IIKings 2:2).

S(H)AHLeea[K]H (delegate, agent) might also make a fine etymon for CONSUL (a nation's representative). (He)S(H)eL is to lend or LEASE (SL reversed). LEASE is now linked to "lax." The built-in antonym is seen in the noun  S(H)i'AyLaH (loan, inquiry, problem).

Usul is a proposal in Indonesian.

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