Origin of English word NOD

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Middle English nodden, "in basic sense 'to shake the head,'" is akin to German notten (to move about). Webster's and the AHD go on, however, to trace NOD to theoretical base words of knocking, scratching and rubbing, or to the Indo-European “root” ken (pinching, closing eyes...).

"(They)...will be appalled and will shake their heads." In this quote from Jeremiah18:16, the word "shake" is  נד ה   HayNeeD. Similar to the rocking and shaking of   נדד   NaDaD is  ניד NeeYD (movement, swing -"sway like a reed" in IKings14:15).  The first    נ-ד Noon-Dalet mover and shaker was Cain in Genesis 4:12;    נד NahD is translated “wanderer.”    ;   נדנד   NaDaD is  to move, wander; and   נדה   NaDaH is to move, flee  Harkavy defines  מנוד MaNOAD as a NODDING of the head (Psalms 44:15).


Inverted as usual, the Chinese dian means  to “nod one’s head…move up and down.”  Reversals are less common in Spanish, but andar is to move or go.

INNUENDO, NUMEN and NUTATION are thought to come from a fabricated Indo-European “root” neu (to nod). They, too, may be related to NaDT (to shake, move) and  MOAT (to shake, tooter) and NaDaD (to wander about, to flee).  [O]aMayD (to stand) is the sound-alike opposite characteristic of Edenic vocabulary. Given the interchangeability of M and N, we should consider MT movement words like COMMOTION, EMOTION, MOMENT(OUS), MOMENTUM, MOTIF, MOTION, MOTIVE, MOTOR, PROMOTE and REMOTE. All these words and more are listed cognates at the Indo-European “root” meue (to push away).

NaDa[K]H means to push away, expel, move away or slip away (IISamuel14:14). A #2-#3 letter flip of NaDAKH (to drive away, expel) may reveal the source of Greek nektos (swimming) and English NEKTON.  NeeDaiD is to drive away and NaDaH is to remove. The key to swimming,  Latin nature, is pushing away water to propel oneself forward. NATATION means swimming; NATATORIUM is a swimming pool.  Nadar is to swim in Spanish and Portuguese.  See NATATION, "UNDULATE" and WANDER.

We end with a nod to the prestigious Oxford English Dictionary: “ nod -- Of obscure origin: no equivalent form with the same sense is found in any of the cognate languages.”

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