Origin of English word ORDER

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English Word

ORDER

Edenic Word

[A]DahR

Hebrew Word

עדר

Transliteration

Ayin-Dalet-Resh

Pronounciation

Ah-DURR

Conversion

[A+R DR]

Roots

The unseemly Indo-European “root”ar (to fit together) is the given source of ORDER and dozens of words that also don’t mean fitting together.

Latin ordo (order) referred to a row of threads in a loom.

עדר [A]DahR is “to set in order, arrange, array” (Harkavy). EDK cites those who feel it comes from עדר [A]yDeR, flock (see HERD), thus it means arranging in groups. But NOT “fitting together.”

The better-known term is    סדר $eyDeR (order—from Aramaic-Syriac), which gave us the Passover SEDER and the SIDUR, prayerbook – both arrangements.  Only  Hungarian “order,” sorozat, hints that ORDER may have lost an S.

עדר [A]DahR is easier to fit together with ORDER, adding the second R makes the word easier to say. More on added liquids at ROBOT.


Branches

The sensible cognates of ORDER listed by the AHD are COORDINATE, INORDINATE, ORDAIN, ORDINAL,ORDINANCE, ORDINARY, ORDINATE, ORDO

And SUBORDINATE. Other listed cognates, like READ and RITE, are possibilities.

The Czech order, rad, suggests that the existence of letters are more important than their specific order of appearance.


Related Words

ROBOT



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