Origin of English word HUNCH

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[(K)H- O-+N -S(H)]




HUNCH is officially “origin unknown.”  

An educated guess would have HUNCH as a nasalized חוש    [K]HOOSH (feeling, sense – Job 20:2).  חוש   [K]HOOSH is rendered “felt” in the Lexicon (Ecclesiates 2:25).  Harkavy similarly renders it “impulse” and “emotion”, closely related to the similar source of HASTE , see HASTE.    נחש     NeeK[H]aiSH is to divine, to have hunches via sorcery (Leviticus 19:26).  The opposite of this Het-Shin  ח-ש idolatrous divination is  prognostication with means  of  the חשן  K[H]oSHeN  (the high priest’s breastplate of Exodus 2*:29)

חשב   K[H]oaSHaiBH (to think – Isaiah 10:7)  is the opposite of a  hasty GUESS or HUNCH (a mere intuition).   Dividing the two elements of  חשב   K[H]oaSHaiBH (to think), we can see why it differs in speed and deliberation from our Het-Shin  ח-ש Het-Shin  ח-ש root of GUESS and HUNCH.   The second sub-root of   חשב   K[H]oaSHaiBH (to think) is   Shin-Bhet .   שב   SHahBH means “return, go back, do again” (Ben-Yehuda).     It means to “bring back” in Deteronomy 30:3. Joined with our Het-Shin  ח-ש sub-root,  חשב   K[H]oaSHaiBH (to think), = hasty intuition plus mulling over the idea thoroughly. Others examples of this  Het-Shin  ח-ש sub-root,  include  1 )   שדח    [K]HaSHahD (suspect – Aramaic too) – an instinctive feeling, and 2 )  רחש    Ra[K]HahSH (to move, feel – Psalms 42:2, later: emotion, meditation).


Middle English gessen (to think) best fits the Het-Shin of חשב     K[H]aS HahBH, to think, figure, or "reasoning" in Ecclesiastes7:29).   The authorities of historical linguistics confused guessing for thinking.

In Sumerian gashu means intelligent. Shift gutturals and cultures, and Choost’va in Russian means emotions. Perhaps we are uncovering yet another set of sound-alike opposites.

Reckoning and counting may be considered an antonym of guesswork, or a synonym of estimation.  Either way,    חשוב       [ K]HaSHooBH, to reckon, count is a close realtive of our Het-Shin term  (Genesis 15:6).  To c ount in Swahili is   hesabu; hahsib in Arabic.     חשבון K[H]eeSHaBHOAN is a  cunning engine or device (Harkavy – II Chronicles 26:15).  In Modern Hebrew the חשב   [K]HaShaBH (accountant) is not supposed to reckon with hunches. The computer that does quick calculations is the      מחשב Ma’K[H]SHeBH .

See   GUESS” and MAGIC.

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