Origin of English word INSOMNIA

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Edenic Word


Hebrew Word



Alef-Yod-Noon + Shin-Noon-Hey


AIN shay-NAH




1) Taking the prefix  of INSOMNIA first, IN- is from the Indo-European “root” ne (not). AhYiN is "not" (Genesis30:1);   אין AYN means "there is no" or "none" - Genesis37:24. See NO. A shortened negative prefix isjust  אי Aleph-Yod,EeY (ISamuel4:21).

In Ancient Egyptian, not is nn.

The negatives listed at Indo-European ne include A-, ABNEGATE, AN-, ANNUL, ANNIHILATE, DENY, NAUGHT, NAY, NEFARIOUS, NEGLECT, NEGLIGENT, NEGOTIATE, NEITHER, NEUTER, NEVER, NIHILISM, NIL, NIMIETY, NIS, NIX, NO, NON-, NONE, NOR, NOT, NOTHING, NULLIFY,RENEGADE, RENEGE, and UN-. Note the ease with which these negatives swing from vowel-N words to N-vowel words. More at NO.  Of course AIN’T should be a contraction of “am” and “not.”  There may be some even innate influence from AYN (there is none).

2) Latin somnus (sleep) is the immediate source of words like SOMNAMBULENT and SOMNOLENT. Somehow, the given Indo-European “root” is swep (sleep), which takes in such different sounding terms as SOPORIFIC (see below), SOMNUS, and HYPNOSIS.

The first recorded man is already asleep by Genesis2:21. The noun    שנה SHayNaH (sleep) appears in Genesis31:40, where Jacob has lost sleep from counting too many sheep.

ש-נ Shin-Noon related terms are    שאן SH’AhN, to  rest (Jeremiah 30:10), and שאנן    SHa’ANaN, to be at rest, tranquil, at ease (Isaiah 33:20). 

Reversing the fricative-nasal of sleep is the eternal sleep of the Mai(S), dead – see CHECKMATE.


BRANCHES:  (1). Nun meansnothingness in Ancient Egyptian.

The negative prefix IL-, used in L words like ILLICIT or ILLEGAL  is said

to be a variant of IN- ( as in INSOMNIA above).   Aleph-Lamed, AhL,  means no (Genesis19:17), don't or naught (Job24:25).  For the liquid-guttural root of ILLEGAL – see ELECT.

Reverse vowel-L for Lamed-Aleph,  LO (no).  The prefix ILL- (from Old Norse illr, bad) could be related to the negative etymons here or to terms like [A]VeL (injustice, wrong – see EVIL).

(2). If one needs an SN sleep term that includes the M of SOMNI-, there's S’NOOMaH ("slumber"- Proverbs6:4). SLUMBER is a Noon/N to L change away from    תנומה  ( S)’NOOMaH. There is no B in German slumber: schlummer.

SHa’ANaN is "tranquil" or "to be at ease"; see CHANGE for more nuances of human sleep. Polish sen is dream or sleep; senny means sleepy. Eskimo sleep, sinikpok, begins with SN. So does Russian snee’tsa  (dream) – see DREAM for the sleep-drean connection. Spanish sleep or dream is sueno.  Korean chim (sleep) makes one consider COMA a possible cognate. In Japanese the close echo of Edenic sleep was slurred to suimin (sleep).  Sleep seems to have been abbreviated to shui in Chinese and to si'e among Indians of Washington State. 

  Japanese has both fricative-nasal and nasal-fricative “sleep” words. Suimin means sleep. Shindai is a bed. Imasu is asleep) as in nete imasu, he’s asleep.   Szundikal  (slumber)  in Hungarian should be from  SHayNaH (sleep). (QahL is light in Edenic, so szundikal/slumber could be a light sleep.)  In Polish sen   is sleep, dream, and sennosc is sleepiness. 

More sleep words are available at DORM and NUMB.  Seniors are full of sleep, see SN age at SENILE.                 SH’AhN, to  rest , and  SHa’ANaN, to be t ease,  reverse in Japanese (typically) to give us ansei (repose, rest)  and  anshin (peace of mind).

SOPOR (from Latin) and SOPORIFIC are traced by the AHD to the Indo-European “root” of INSOMNIA,  swep- 1   (to sleep).  Someone was too drowsy to notice that SOPOR was the same fricative-liquid-bilabial ( in different sequence) as SLEEP, and the nasalized SLUMP.  See SLEEP , we SLUMP into SLUMBER,  from שפל   SHaPHeL (low, brought low).  Hittite (extinct IE) suppar is to sleep.

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