Origin of English word HORRIFIC

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The word HORRIFIC is addressed in the entry: HORRID

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HORRID is from Latin horrere (to shudder, be terrified); the Indo-European “root” for HORROR and (AB)HOR is ghers (to bristle). חרד   [K]HaRaiD is to tremble or to fear (Genesis27:33);  [K]HaRaDaH is terror. An M213 metathesis of  guttural-liuid-dental K[H]aRaid (shuddering in fear) is the built-in synonym RaGHahD, trembling – a liquid-guttural-dental in Exodus 15:15 – see entries like DREAD, RATTLE, SCARED and TERROR.


HORRENDUS (nasalized), HORRIBLE, HORRIFIC and HORRIFY are related.  Resh-Ayin-Dalet, and ReDTeDT (trembling in Jeremiah 49:29) are slight shakeups of [K]HaRaD. [G]HaRaT(S) is to frighten, fear or dread – Deuteronomy 7:21 . See SCARED for more on the R-DT or DT-R root of  trembling. The heart is the trembler – see CARDIO.

Japanese tottering and shaking is gurat (suku) – K[H]aRaiD having shifted the guttural and dental.

Spanish also has both a nasalized and a non-nasalized form of  Het-Resh-Dalet (dreadful): horrido (horrid) and horrendo (horrendous). This importanly illustrates how nasalization is part of the normal, human corruption of language. Extra Ns and Ms were inserted simply to aid pronunciiation and/or to differentiate words. They are not part of the neurolinguistic Babel-babble that diversified Edenic, hurling humanity into our multi-lingual history.

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