Origin of English word HEAVY

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The word HEAVY is addressed in the entry: HEFT

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ROOTS:  The single-ply lightweights trace this to Indo-European kap (to grasp), linking HEFT (heavy weight) to “heave” (to throw) and “have.”  Things don’t have to be HEAVY to have or to throw them, so this etymology joins thousands of others in the plastic HEFTY © garbage bag of the soon-trashed, Semiticless linguistics.

The Bible offers כבד KaBHaiD, weighty, in Psalms 38:5.  The adverb, “heavily,” is in Exodus 14:25.  Kaf-Bhet-Dalet means heavy, as in “severe” to describe the famine in Genesis 12:10.  “Severe” weather is a major use of German heftig. Even shifting the guttural (K→H), bilabial ([V] →F), and the dental (D → T), K[V]D carries more weight than the reconstructed  Indo-European “root” kap.  If a person has gravitas or proverbial weight to throw around, that too is כבוד   KaBHOAD (honor….glory, wealth). The dense, heavy organ, the liver, is kabittu in Akkadian; (similar in Hebrew and other Semitic). Close enough to Kahf-Bhet-Dalet to hear the heavy footsteps,  כבש KaBHaSH means to tread down or press – see KIBOSH.  See “GRAVE” for more guttural-biliabial heaviness.


German heftig has shifted semantics to be more “severe” than “heavy.” But, closer to כבד KaBHaiD is German weight, Gewicht.   A British QUID is one pound sterling. Discarded as slang, it has no etymology in standard dictionaries. Many monetary terms wre weights – see SCALE – so QUID is a fine Kahf-Bhet-Dalet word. The lighter bilabial was dropped in words like Japanese hidoi (heavy, severe) or Hindi dukhada (heavy).

As the heavy or dense organ, the liver is כבד KaBHeyD (Leviticus 3:4).  In  Akkadian, Arabic Aramaic-Syriac. Ethiopic and Ugaritic a form of KBD also means liver. Affect a 213 metathesis at Babel, with standard shifts, and we find liver words like fegato (Italian), figado (Portuguese) and ficat (Romanian).

כבד KaBHeyD  is identical in meaning to WEIGHTY (heavy, important). From Middle English weiht, and like the German “weighty,” gewicht, WEIGHT is an M213 metathesis of Kahf/K-Bhet/Bh-Dalet/D . There are bilabial (BH → W) and dental shifts (D →T) -– see WEIGHT.

Guttural-bilabial is the sound of weighty dominance, as seen in   כבש Ka(V)ahSH (to subdue – see “VANQUISH”) and  גבר Ga(V)ahR (to conquer – see GOVERN.)

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