Origin of English word NOW

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English Word

NOW

Edenic Word

NAh

Hebrew Word

נא

Transliteration

Noon-Aleph

Pronounciation

NUH

Conversion

[NU]

Meaning

now

Roots

The Indo-European base and root of NOW is nu (now). While it is often meant the same way as the NOW in "come NOW, you can't be serious" - the Biblical    נא NAh of Genesis12:11, 18:21 or 27:2 is often translated "now." The NOW meaning "at this moment" is better represented by הנה HayNaH (translated "now" in places likeJudges16:13).

Other Biblical commentators see נא Nah as a rhetorical device,  only related to the meaning of NOW by its demand of immediacy. This resembles what the Xinhua Dictionary says of Chinese na:  “indicating a demand for affirmation in a question”

(X469).


Branches

Nu in Hittite is now. Norwegian na (now) is the reverse of Arabic (il)-an (now). Japanese ima (now), Danish and Dutch nu (now), and  English NOO (now - an adverb) are all related. Polish no means “now then!” In Chinese  the word of a nticipation   nia X478  is added to the end of a sentence, just like Nah, in phrases like QOOM NAh, “get up, I pray” (or now) in Genesis 27:19   German na  is an interjection meaning now!  then! or well!

 So, nu, what are you waiting for? When will the Yiddish get mentioned already !?

See NEW.


Bible Verses

Genesis 12:11 ויהי כאשׁר הקריב לבוא מצרימה ויאמר אל־שׂרי אשׁתו הנה־נא ידעתי כי אשׁה יפת־מראה את׃

“And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt, that he said unto Sarai his wife: ‘Behold now, I know that thou art a fair woman to look upon.’”


Strong

(4994)

Related Words

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