Origin of English word NYC

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The word NYC is addressed in the entry: ALPHABET

English Word


Edenic Word


Hebrew Word



Alef-Lamed-Phey + Bet-Yod-Tahf






It's as simple as A, B, C.  No one denies that Greek ALPHA is from Hebrew's primary letter:      אלף Aleph. There are ALPHA RAYS, particles, etc. See BETA for words from Hebrew's number two letter.


An ABACEDARIAN is learning the ABC's. One may learn numbers on an ABACUS, as the Hebrew ABC's or letters are also the 1,2,3's or numbers. Greek abax (counting board) doesn't sound like ABC due to the old confusion that turned Hebrew's 3rd letter/number, Gimmel, into a soft C .

When the Greeks borrowed the word GaMaL, it sounded like CAMEL.

The Gimmel graphic looks like a reversed K, and should have remained sounding like a K or a hard G.

Another theory about the source of ABACUS is traced to   אבק   AhBHahQ (dust --  like the raising of dust in the wrestling of Genesis 32:25, and in the powder of Songs 3:6).  The earliest “blackboard” for calculations was on an erasable tablet filled with dust – see ABACUS..  Mildew in Japanese is AhBHahQ reversed to kabi.

Forms of Aleph-Lamed-Peh,  ALePH also mean 1) an ox (Jeremiah 11:19), large cattle, 2) training (Proverbs 22:25)  and taming animals,and 3) champion or chief  (Genesis 36:43) , ‘lp in  Ugaritic.  All of these,  a powerful, well-trained, ox-like large beast, suggest the ELEPHANT (elephas in Greek). Many non-Israelis learn Modern Hebrew at an ULPaN (training school).  If you haven’t taught high school, you may not like the Aleph-Lamed-Phey domestication/traiming term applied to teenagers.  The French elephant is spelled just like the English, and after elephant  in many French dictionaries comes eleve, student, and other training or rearing terms from Aleph-Lamed-Peh.  French elever (to bring up children) and bien eleve (well bred) make clear that training, not something academic, is the issue.

  A reversal of ElePH  may occur in the Finnish word for student: oppilas.   See ELEPHANT and "ELEVEN."

Another approach to ABACUS, by the linguist Philologos in the NYC Forward newspaper, involves ABHahQ (dust). The original abacuses, he says, were basically boxes of dust or sand in which
calculations could be made and erased. Either way, Aleph-Bet-Gimel, the source of recording symbols for 1-2-3, remains relevant. 

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