Origin of English word REEK

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[R-Y- KH]


Old English reocan (to smoke, reek) is akin to German rauch and the Indo-European “root” reug (to vomit, belch, smoke, cloud). REEK means smoke or a strong, (unpleasant) smell, and the verb of exuding  the same.  ריח   RaYahK[H] is a smell, and Resh-Yod-Het is the verb to smell; God "smelled the pleasing odor" of Noah's sacrifice in Genesis8:21 .  רוח  ROOaK[H], wind (Genesis 8:1), is relevant because smells, like smoke are airborne.  Reverse RK to    חרה K[H]aRaH (burning , in anger, -- Genesis 4:6. סרח   $aRaK[H] is to smell bad or "go stale" inJeremiah49:7;  רקח RaQaK[H] is perfume (Exodus30:25) as is   זלח ZeLaK[H]  (the other liquid plus Het). For a like-sounding opposite רקב     ReQeBH is rot, decay; רקב    RaQahBH is to rotordecay.


The vaporous sense of REEK is partially met by ROOaK[H] (breath, spirit, ghost - Genesis1:2) reverse to kiri for Japanese "fog." Linked to BRACH and FLAIR at Indo-European “root” bhrag (to smell), FRAG(RANT) recalls פרח  PHeRaK[H] (flower; a verb of spreading out). To spread out the PR and RK elements see FRUCTIFY.    German riechen is to smell (more below).

ERUCT is cognate with REEK; wech is a Polish smell (W=WR=R, see WEAK) .

RA(N)CID, RA(N)COR and RA(N)K (stinking) are simply nasalized (extra N) R-K smell words. Dutch reuk is to smell; the Scandinavian languages switch to LK terms. OL(FACTORY), from Latin olere (to smell), may be a softer RaYahK[H]. Reversing the RK is Japanese fragrance or aroma: kaori.   Beyond German smoke, rauch, there is  Dutch rock and  Danish rog.   Because a scent, ריח RaYahK[H], rides the  רוח     ROOaK[H], wind, we should expect global R-K terms for smoke and smoking. German Rauch is smoke,rauchig is smoky and rauchern is smoking. More German RK smells include Geruch (smell, odor, scent), Gerucht (rumor, the “scent” of information) , and  geruchtilgend  (deodorant).

 In Slavic reversals to K-R:  Russian smoking is kooryoo, while in Czech smoke is kour and a smoker is kurak. Polish  kurzyc means smoke,  smoulder, reek, and the root is used to mean raising dust. 

Japanese KR smoking is a nasalized (+M) kemuri.

Such reversals are further indication that the breakup of languages from the now-acknowledged Proto-Earth was not simply slow and natural.  Rather than accuse Edenics-deniers of prejudice, one might ask them, “What are you smoking?”

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