Origin of English word POINT

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The dictionaries only address the sharp "point" (taken up here at PENGUIN), but not the verb of aiming or directing attention to a specific place. Another way to point somewhere is "to face" it;   פנים PaN(eeYM) is a (face Genesis 32:31).    פנה PaNaH is to turn, to face or to direct attention (Exodus2:12). לפנת L’PHNoaT is "toward" in Genesis24:63; לפני    L’PHNaY is before (Genesis 6:11);        פנים PiNeeYM is “inner” (I Kings 6:29);   פנימה PiNeeYMaH is inner (Leviticus 10:18 – see BIN). The built-in antonym of all this פנ    PN appearance is disappearance. פנה  PHaNaH can mean WANE, POINT downward or "decline" (Jeremiah6:4).  Or, to “pass away, as our days do in Psalms 90:9.    פנה PeeNaH is is to empty or remove;    פנוי PaNOOY is to empty,   פנו PaNOO in  Isaiah 40:3 is translated “make plain” or “clear” (a new road – in the old and new JPS.)  This is why Arabic faniya means  “he VANISHED.”  More etymons  like VANISH  (bilabial-nasal)  at VAIN and PIONEER. 

The compass points to פנ Pey-Noon as the essential sound of directions. צפון  (TSa)PHOAN means north. The Pey-Noon indicates pointing, a direction, but what about the Tsadi-Phey molecule in the   צפון TSaPHOAN chemical compound?  The    צפ   Tsadi-Pey phoneme as a subroot means “top” – see   TOP.  This makes  צפון TSaPHOAN (north) the “ top pointer.”  צפון Tsadi-Pey-Noon can also be TSaPHOON, concealed (see TOP).  The   פנ   Pey-Noon  sub-root here means the surface – see PANE. A concealed, buried treasure has it’s visible surface צפ , covered up, coated with a TOP.  

 The turning or direction pointing  of פנ   Pey-Noon often  indicates theological partiality.   פנה PaNaH, point, turn to, is rendered thusly by the JPS:

1) in Deuteronomy 31:20 “turn to” (to worship), 2) Leviticus 26:9 “look with favor.”


All bilabial-nasals of direction can point to this large Pey-Noon family – spread out fully by all the bilabials and Noon in The Origin of Speeches. The closest IE “root” is wendh (to turn, wind, weave). Its cognates include WANDER, WANDERLUST, VANDAL, WEND, WENTLETRAP, WIND, and WINDLASS. The four WINDS mean the four directions (see FAN). WINTER is said to be a cognate of WET by the AHD, but it is more likely the WINDY season.

Prof. Terry Blodgett, who links Hebrew and Germanic, would see the N in WANDER as a nasalization. Rather than  a P-N of diection, he sees a bilabial-dental coming from  אבד ABHahD, lost – see   “OBIT.”

Pina is "he turned" in Syriac. Fong is a Chinese direction, wind, summit and knife point (X176-X178); bian is the term “indicating position or direction..”  Even closer to Pey-Noon, Chinese pian means “inclined to one side, slanting,and partial.”    When the direction-pointing wavers like a PENDULUM – see PINNACLE.

Peny is "to bend" in Maidu Indian. BEND and WINCE are verbs of turning inward, while Latin defendere means turning away or warding off. From this Latin word we get DEFEND, DEFENCE, FENCE, OFFEND and OFFENSE. FEND, FIND and WENT are direction words that go outward, like BOUND or VANE. For WANTING and other emotional aiming see PENCHANT. For PN POINTERS that turn inward see PENETRATE. Pointing every which way recalls the PAN- of PAN-AMERICAN or PANCREAS – see   PANIC and PANE.

In Italian, ponente means west, and punto  is to point.  The compass, the pointing instrument, is panana in Hawaiian.

BN lengthwise extensions include BANK and BENCH. For bilabial-nasal extensions pointing upwards, see PINNACLE.

For reversed Pey-Noon pointing and desire, see NYMPHET.

FINE hair or a FINE-toothed comb makes it clear that the point of FINE is minute, non-coarse, not, as published, a derivative of Latin finis, a limit – although a boundary might link up with our Pey-Noon extremities. FINESS belongs here with sharply detailed things, while FINITE fits better with VANISH.  All these bilabial-nasals belong in the large POINTER family  (see The Origin of Speeches ) .

An important sharp POINT was the plow.  Sumerian apin is a plow, while Latvian apinis means point of the plow.  More PINS at PENETRATE.  FUNNEL is traced to Latin infundibulum. A FUNNEL directs wind, smoke or liquid to a desired direction. POINTING and our Phey-Noon root is more fundamentally sound– see   FAN.

Leaders POINT the way. PONTIFF is at PENGUIN and is one of the alleged cognates at the Indo-European “root” pent (to tread, to go). Other P-N words listed there that may belong in our Pointer Family include FIND, PONS, PONTIFEX, PONTINE and PONTOON.


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Dan   4/1/2017 4:57:00 PM
Depend pending (hanging like a pendulum) repent (point away) penis (which penetrates) pensive (pointing/concentrating one's mind) penta (denoting the five pointing fingers of a hand)

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