Origin of English word HEMISTICH

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The word HEMISTICH is addressed in the entry: ACROSTIC


English Word

ACROSTIC

Edenic Word

TSaGHahD

Hebrew Word

צעד

Transliteration

Tsadi-Ayin-Dalet

Pronounciation

Tsah-GHUDD

Conversion

[TS-GH-D → ST-T-CH]

Roots

STICH is a line or row of verse, thus ACROSTIC. Greek stikhos  is a row. The Indo-European “root” is steigh (to stride, step, rise).

Matching steigh  step for step is צעד TSaGHahD  the noun (step – II Samuel 6:13) and the verb (to step, pace, march – Judges 5:4).   As usual, the Tsadi/TS becomes ST in IE. The guttural Ayin/GH gives ACROSTIC its hard C. Other Edenic words for stepping cover mere walking – “see PACE.” A step here is about one in a progression or series of steps, just as the Greek words for rows of soldiers or verse are about one component of several – and not mere horizontal arrangement.


Branches

The “rise” meaning of  steig seems lea covered by צעד TSaGHahD ,

but in Genesis 49:22 it means “running over.”  The listed cognates of STICH and ACROSTIC include:   CADASTER, DISTICH, HEMISTICH, STICKLE, STILE, STICHOMETRY, STAIR and STIRRUP.





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