Origin of English word HANG

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Edenic Word


Hebrew Word







[ HNK]


to strangulate, noose


German haenken is to execute, but the etymology goes on to assume that strangulation, HANGING, is the same as HANGING up a coat (from Old English hon). Indo-European kenk (to gird, bind) refers to the work of the HANGMAN, but not the given root of HANG - konk (to hang).

NICK, along with KNIGHT, KNIT and KNOT, is traced by Webster's to Old Norse kneikja (to squeeze, pinch) and the Indo-European base gneig (to squeeze together).

חנק [K]HeNeQ and חנק [K]HeeNaiQ mean strangulation and to strangle (Nahum2:13). ענק GHaNaQ is a necklace or choker- Proverbs1:9.  Our throats strangle slightly with the ANXIETY of a groan or   אנחה ANaK[H]aH – an NK neck word in Exodus 2:23.   אנקה ANaQaH, with a Koof,  also means a sign or groan. Also close to our etymon is נאק    Na’AhQ (the throaty groan or moan of Exodus 2:24). To strangle or asphyxiate in Modern Hebrew is   שנק   SHeNaiQ.  It is linked to a Jewish Aramaic “choke” term, and to Akkadian  sanaqu, to press.  The hangman of the animal kingdom is the SNAKE – see SNAKE.


One hears NECK in those Hebrew words  – see  - NECK and "CINCTURE."

A HANGNAIL is not named for dangling or hanging; it is from Anglo-Saxon ang, which means tight and painful. Cheken, (to CHOKE) in Middle English, may have switched the N and K from [K]HeNeQ (to choke).  Cantonese NECK has reversed to kan or gan.

SPHINX, from Greek, literally means the strangler. QUINSY is from Greek anchein (to choke). Latin ango (choke) gives us choking emotions like ANGER, ANGST, ANGUISH and ANXIETY. See HOOK.

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