Origin of English word NUMB

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English Word

NUMB

Edenic Word

NahM

Hebrew Word

נם

Transliteration

Noon-Mem

Pronounciation

NUMB

Conversion

[NM]

Roots

NUMB (insensible, deadened) is somehow linked to Old English niman (to take, seize) and the Indo-European “root” nem (to assign, allot, take). נם NahM (the root is    נום NOOM) means to "drowse" (Isaiah56:10), or to "slumber"- "Behold, the watcher of Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps"- Psalms121:4.


Branches

BENUMB is the verb form of NUMB. An extended form of NOOM and NOOMaH (slumber – Proverbs 23:21) is (S)'NOOMaH (slumber – Proverbs 6:4).  If sleepily slurred, (S)’NOOMaH may have influenced SLUMBER and SOMNAMBULIST – see   INSOMNIA. Hebrew's influence reached beyond Arabic yanam (sleep) to the Orient. Japanese nemui means sleepy; nemuru is sleep. Reverse to mania (inactive, sleepy) in Hawaiian. Meng is an adjective meaning drowsy and half asleep in Mandarin Chinese; it is the noun and verb of dreaming in Cantonese( the Chinese of Hong Kong).  To sleep in Tahi is nawn; in Maxaki (Brazil) it is non.  For the sleep-dream connection see DORM.


Related Words

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