Origin of English word OVER

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English Word


Edenic Word


Hebrew Word







[O-BH- R]


Pass, Cross; Go through, Beyond


OVER as a temporal word has no known origin.

    עבר [A]h[V[aR is past (in time, or the grammatical tense – Songs 2:11). All the spatial connotations of OVER were already      כבר K'[V]aR means already, over long ago) taken up at ABERRATION, AVERAGE, BURRO and FERRY.

When the day is OVER, Ayin-Vav-Resh, it is evening, ערב (Genesis 1:5 – see EVENING).  For the opposite of OVER, search Ayin-Bhet-Resh words like  BEFORE, FORE and  PRE-.


.  The past has happened BEFORE (Middle English fore means before), at some PRIMAL time (Latin primus means first or former). The עברי  [I][V]ReeY (Hebrew) is a miraculously preserved member of a PRIMORDIAL people, speaking    עברית [I][V]ReeYT (Hebrew), historically the PREMIER and FOREMOST language. Time is quickly over from cradle to grave, or עבר [O]oBaR (fetus, embryo).to קבר    QaBHaR (to bury).. English terms cognate with those FR and PR words mentioned above include FORE-, FIRN, FIRST (see FIRST), FORMER, PRIME, PRIMITIVE and PROW. PRECEDING the son, BaR in Aramaic, is the pere (father in French). The prehistoric name for Ireland is Iveriu; owariis an end or termination in Japanese.

[A] h[V]aR would be an ideal word for cultures to use as “yesterday;”   French;   hier , Italian and Rumanian: ieri, Spanish: ayer, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian: i+gar, Czech: vcera, Russian: fchera.In all but the Slavic languages, the Bhet has dropped away. The Ayin is a vowel for the Romance languages, a guttural G for the Scandinavian, and a C or Ch for the Slavic, which has switched positions with the Bhet (V and F).   “Pro”  means “ago” in Modern Greek. Sliding over to the spacial OVER, “across”in Dutch is over, while in Czech it is pres.

Ayin-Bhet-Resh, OVER, past (tense), is a good source for words meaning “yesterday.”  Note the following words for “yesterday”  where Ayin is a vowel or a GH that has shifted to H (French) or dropped the G, where guttural Ayin GH has hardened to G (Swedish), shifted from GH to CH (Russian), and where the weak Bhet has dropped out (Italian, Danish) or shifted bilabials to F (Russian), V (Czech) or W (Polish):

Some “yesterday” words:

Romance:  French  hier, Italian and Rumanian ieri,  Spanish ayer

Scandinavian: Danish, Swedish and Norwegian igar                 

Slavic: Czech vcera,  Polish wczor(aj),  Russian  fchera.  In Slavic note the metathesis of Ayin and Bhet swapping places.

FAR is easily from the Bhet-Resh above, but there is also the Pey-Resh and Pay-Lamed words of being apart (see “APART”).  Abram and Lot go FAR apart with the HeePaReD of Genesis 13:9. A liquid shift away, Pey-Lamed-Hey and Pay-Lamed-Alef are defined by Harkavy as “to be divided off… remote.”   The AHD traces FAR to an alleged Indo-European “root” uper (over).  Another prollific V-R element of turning over from our same Bhet-Resh is VERSE –see VERSE.

An OVERLORD or OVERSEER is not about height or the past, but having a higher rank. German uber (over), as in UBERMENSCH is a superman as in a superior man. Other Germanic subordinates to the UBERSCHPRACHE preserved by Jews include Anglo-Saxon ofer, German Ufer, Gothic ufar,  Old Norse yfir and Old Saxon ubar. Reversing our בר Bhet-Resh /BH-R to  רב   Resh-Bhet , the  רב-מג   RahBH-MahG (chief magician) of Jeremiah 39:3 may be called the UBER- magician.

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