Origin of English word HUG

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The word HUG is addressed in the entry: HOG

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Middle English hogge and Anglo-Saxon hogg are thought to “probably” come from Old Norse hoggua, to cut, since hogs like many other animals were castrated.  Either of two possible Edenic etymons are better than this hogwash.

1)   חוג   [K]HOOG means circle (Job 26:10). The HOG has a round girth. חג [K]HahG is a holiday (three forms in Exodus 12:14)  because Biblical time is circular, not linear (but see below).  Girth leads one to the Het-Gimel root of חגר    [K]HahG(aR), to gird, bind, clasp  – see  GIRDLE.  Israeli archaeologists in early 2009 proved that making actual circuits around shrines was the primary reason why “holiday” and “circle” share a    ח-ג Het-Gimel. Religious encirclements continue on a smaller scale in synagogues on Sukkot, and in a larger scale on the Moslem Haj in Mecca when encircling the kaba, which is as black and square as a bayit of tefilin (phylacteries).

 2)  The HOG is nature’s premier grunter.        הגה HaGaH is to murmer, groan or growl, and is used for the rumbling of thunder and animal sounds like the lion’s growl. In Isaiah 59:11 bears are growling and doves are “moaning” (JPS).   Robert Govett published this link in 1869, and first heard a grunting HOG in         הגה   HaGaH .   Back to the weak given etymology, the Arabic form of    ה-ג-ה Hey-Gimel-Hey does mean “castrated.”

Related  to חוג   [K]HOOG  (circle)  is    עוג GHOG  (“to form round” – Harkavy – Ezekiel 4:12)  See  CAKE.


. In Bulgarian belchug is a metal ring put in the swine’s snout . The bel element means “snout ,” so the chug should be a ringer for our חוג   [ K] HOOG .  The Farsi pig or HOG is a chook.  Japanese chikyu means the globe of the earth, similar to the HOG, an unusually rotund creature  The GROUNDHOG or PORPOISE (related to porky pig) are merely reminiscent of the HOG’s wide girth. The Japanese pig, buta, is named for its thickness and fatness. See many  bilabial-dental words of fatness at FAT.   For words from the Biblical pig, [K]HaZeeYR, see “HYOSYAMINE.”

It takes a large and  rather strange person to HUG a HOG, but the similar sounding words may share a clasping of Het-Gimel girth.  HUG (to clasp, embrace) "probably" is from Old Norse hugga (to console, comfort).  We have the body-hugging girdle or [K]HahGOARaH (II Samuel 20:8) for housing a sword  or an apron. חבק   [K] Ha[V]aQ means to embrace (Genesis 29:13)  Hey-Bhet-Koof also males a fine source of HUG, as the middle Bhet often drops away after Babel. See HATCH.

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