Origin of English word SCISSORS

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English Word

SCISSORS

Edenic Word

GaZaZ

Hebrew Word

גזז

Transliteration

Gimel-Zayin-Zayin

Pronounciation

GAUZE-UZ

Conversion

[GZZ → KSS]

Meaning

shear, clip

Roots

The etymology of SCISSORS could use a good KS cutting word so that words like SCISSORS and EXCISE (to cut out or away) needn't depend on a past perfect form of Latin caedere (to cut) or the loosely connected Indo-European “root” kae-id (to strike). See CUT. Greek does have schizein (to cleave, cut), the source of SCHISM and SCHIZOPHRENIA. Not trimming off the initial S, however, these are all traced to the alleged Indo-European “root” skei (to cut, split). See SAXON. Hebrew provides   גזז GaZaZ (to shear, clip - Genesis31:19), GaZaR (to cut - IIKings6:4),   קצר QaTSaR ( to cut off, harvest --  Leviticus 19:9). קצץ QaTSaTS (to sever, chop - Deuteronomy25:12), and  Ka$OOaGH (to cut off, trim - Isaiah33:12).   כרת KaRaT  is to cut off; it is an M132 metathesis away from KSR.  For כרת KaRaT, to cut short, see CURT.   Just  גז GaiZ is to shear (Deuteronomy 18:4) or mow, and   גזה GaZaH is to cut or hew (Psalms 71:6).

A metahesis of   גזר GaZaR (to cut, split, decree) could keep the S and R of SCISSORS.


Branches

Cognates of SCISSORS and EXCISE include ABSCISE, CAESURA, CIRCUMCISE, CONCISE, INCISE, PRECISE and RECISION.

SCIZZORS in French is cis eaux.  The suffix could echo another Zayin/Z, but Gimel-Zayin alone will cut it.  SCIZZORS inDanish and Norwegian is saks.  This is but an M213 of GaZaZ, with guttural and fricative shifts. Finnish saks et is similar. Icelandic favors GaZaR, as its SCIZZORS word is skar (M213). The Spanish and Portuguese also have an S-R word.

GaZaR appears to be metathesized differently (M132) in the Basque scizzors: guraizeak.

A caesura in Latin is a cutting. A CAESAREAN operation or section is another precise KSR cutting; the "Caesar" connection bit is probably a folk etymology – see   KAISER. All of the above, especially "circumcision," are precise cuttings - not terms of "striking" as the Indo-European “root” insists. Indo-European “root” kes (to cut) is the given source of CASHIER (though KeeY$ means a pocket, for ready cash), CASTE, CASTLE, CASTIGATE, CASTRATE, INCEST and QUASH. See CASTRATE.     Guttural-fricative is a common “cut,” lke Turkish kes.

GASH is linked to Old French garser (to make a deep cut), and also to Greek kharassein, to sharpen [see HEARSE], carve, cut and the Indo-European “root” gher-4  (to scrape, scratch).

Japanese kossori suru is to steal); akisu nerai is sneak-thieving. This is from guttural-fricative-liquid GaZaL (to snatch away -- Proverbs 4:16. Just as to “fleece” means to rob, GeeZaH (to fleece – Judges 6:40) belongs here with SCISSORS, as cutting off and cutting away is large part of theft.   Kezer means “to cut” in Monchak (a soon extinct language in Mongolia).  Both GaZaR (M213) or KaRaT , KaRa(S)(M123) could be behing Swedish skara (to cut;  sim ן llar and Danish and Norwegian). These are the Germanic roots of SHEARS. Thus with cutting-edge etymology from Eden, SCISSORS meets SHEARS.

To shear off  the bogus initial-S, see SCOOP.


Bible Verses

Genesis 31:19 ולבן הלך לגזז את־צאנו ותגנב רחל את־התרפים אשׁר לאביה׃

“Now Laban was gone to shear his sheep. And Rachel stole the teraphim that were her father’s.”


Strong

(1494)

Related Words

CUT,SAXON,CURT,KAISER,CASTRATE,HEARSE,SCOOP



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