Origin of English word NO

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Hebrew Word







[ NOA]




Old English ne is thought to come from a fabricated Indo-European “root” ne (not).         הניא   HayNeeYE and יניא YaNeeYE are verbs translated "disallow" in Numbers30:6 and 30:9, where a vow is annulled or "said NO to." The infinitive Boon-Vav-Aleph is rendered  NOOE.   Requiring a commom reversal of the Western consonant and vowel, אין AYiN is “none” in Genesis 2:6;   אין AYN is the more common negative combining term. It is reversed for all the vowel-nasal NOs.


The many cognates of NO and other Hebrew words like  AiN (not or no – Genesis 2:5 -- NO reversed) are seen at INSOMNIA. Most of these are reversed to nasal-vowel, as in Old Irish ni, not . Polish NO is nie; Russian has ne as well as nyet.

Also see “UN-.”  While N negatives dominate the Indo-European family, like ni (neither), "no" is ma in Maya and my in Thai.   Vowel-nasal negative prefixs are common in IE, like  French  and German un-, Dutch  on-  and Italian im and in. ] RW [

The Salishan Indians of the American Northwest refuse by saying lu (no).  Hawaiian ‘ole (L-vowel reversed) means not, without, deny and nothingness.                               לא LO is the primary Hebrew "no" (Genesis 2:20).  English N's from Hebrew L's are documented in an appendix.   The "no" of Germany (nein) and Hungary (nem) recall  מאן M’AyN (to refuse --Exodus 9:2).

Negative extensions include NONE and NOT.

Bible Verses

Numbers 30:6 ואם־הניא אביה אתה ביום שׁמעו כל־נדריה ואסריה אשׁר־אסרה על־נפשׁה לא יקום ויהוה יסלח־לה כי־הניא אביה אתה׃

“But if her father disallow her in the day that he heareth, none of her vows, or of her bonds wherewith she hath bound her soul, shall stand; and the LORD will forgive her, because her father disallowed her.” (Alternative versions Numbers 30:5)



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