Origin of English word SACK (pouch)

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See also the Entry SACK (dry)

English Word

SACK (pouch)

Edenic Word


Hebrew Word









Linguists concede that SACK is a universal word, yet they do not explain why SK, fricative-guttural should sound like a pouch or bag.  It wouldn’t occur to them to ask why guttural-fricatives, see ENCASE are also coverings.

Greek sakkos and Latin saccus are acknowledged derivatives of שק SahQ (in Leviticus11:32 a SACK, bag; SACKCLOTH in Genesis37:34). The Germanic zack in words like KNAPSACK is from the related term  TSeeQLoaN (sack - IIKings4:42). Reverse to guttural-fricative receptacles at ENCASE.


Reversing to KS bears similar containers like CASE or CYST.

 Ka$aH is to conceal;   כיס KeeY$ is a pocket or purse (Deuteronomy 25:13). 

CYST and ASC(USO) are from Greek kystis and askos - both of which mean SAC or bladder.  Sacek is Czech bag; Kassi is a Finnish bag. These are proper forms of   שק SahQ (sack) or a reversed KS receptacle – see ENCASE.

After SACCULE, SACHET and SATCHEL, the wearable SACKS include the SACK coat, SACK dress, SACQUE (jacket) and those bags on our feet - SOCKS. While SK words for SOCKS are popular in Germanic languages, Indonesian reverses to kaus. The Arabic sock, gawrab, is shared by Hebrew (GeReBH), Rumanian (ciorapi), Serbo-Croat, (carape), Turkish (cora) and Polish and Yiddish (skarpetki). To SACK (pillage, ruin) is linked to the looter's SACK or grab bag, but SHaKoaL (to bereave, "rob" in Leviticus26:22) ought to be considered as well as HeeZeeYQ (to damage).

See ENCASE for SK or KS sacks, including the sacks we sew into pants for pockets.

Just as a fricative-guttural SOCK is a SACK covering our feet, so is a SHOE a fricative-guttural covering word for the feet. This is easier heard in Germanic SHOE words like Danish, Swedish and Norwegian sko, Dutch schoen, German Schuh, Icelandic skasr and Yiddish schiech.  The French shoe, chaussure, prefers KS to SK, and has softened the guttural. The AHD had no Indo-European “root” for SHOE, but there was the root (s)keu (to cover – see “OBSCRE.”

In the Amazon they don’t sew, but they do weave baskets. So Araona basket is a ziqui.

 Reversing to guttural-fricative, Kee$aH is to cover (Genesis 38:15 – see HOUSE). Adding the prefix Mem, MiKHa$eH is a covering (“in durable clothing” Harkavy – Isaiah 23:18). Thus we may uncover the footprints of the MOCCASIN – see  MAGAZINE.  Related to Khaf-Samekh-Hey is Het-Samekh-Hey (refuge, protection – (Psalms 57:2). Now you can see and hear why HOSE are socks.  More SHOES at SABOTAGE.

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