Origin of English word HOKUM

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English Word

HOKUM

Edenic Word

[K]HoKHMaH

Hebrew Word

חכמה

Transliteration

Het-Khaf-Mem-Hey

Pronounciation

HOKH-MA

Conversion

[HKM]

Roots

"Perhaps from hocus-pocus" states the AHD in presenting a possible source for HOKUM (nonsense, fakery).

[K]HaKHahM is wise and [K]HoKHMaH is wisdom.  Much wisdom gets dismissed as nonsense and hokum, and much nonsense is sarcastically termed [K]HoKHMaH (wisdom) – especially in Yiddish. The Hebrew terms, too, may be used sarcastically to describe the unwise or overly wise.  The sage in a Sephardic community is not called rabbi, but “HaKaM.”     See ACUMEN.


Related Words

ACUMEN



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