Origin of English word NECK

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Old English hnecca (neck) is from the Germanic root hnekk (neck - a narrow or compressed part).the alleged IE “root” is ken ("something compressed").

A fine etymon for the sound and sense of NECK and hnekk is the Edenic  [K]HeNeQ (strangulation, hanging by the neck, suffocation). For the Modern Hebrew SNK strangle word, see HANG. [K]HeeNaiQ is to "strangle" in Nahum2:13. There also is [A]NoaQ (necklace - Songs4:9). A necklace is called a choker.  ANUK or HANUK is to put on the neck. In sense development like GROAN and GaROAN (throat – see GROAN), the NECK is the source of the ANaK[H]aH (sigh --  Exodus 2:23)


The Cantonese neck is gan (typically reversed ). Another NK link between choke (strangle) and choker (necklace) is SHeeNaiQ (to strangle). Much like the Swahili neck, shingo, these last terms suggest connections with strangling SNAKES and with CHOKE (with an N having dropped out).   While ANaK[H]aH is a sigh from the neck (see above),  NaHaQ is to bray or  groan (Job 30:7) and NaHaiG is to moan (Nahum 2:8).  These nasal –gutturals are neck-made sounds that point to the neck.

A necktie in Arabic is (roubatal-ou) noug; inkois the Japanese throat.

Official cognates of NECK include KNACKER, NEWEL, NOCK, NOOK, NOUGAT, NUCELLUS and NUCLEUS. The Chinese neck is jing; the Cantonese is gang.

Many more related words are to be found at "CINCTURE"andHANG.

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