Origin of English word SEMANTIC

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French semantique is that branch of linguistics that is concerned with the meanings of speech forms. Greek semantikos means "significant." Greek semainein is to show, while Greek sema is a sign. As if to mock SEMANTICS, the given Indo-European “root” of SEMANTIC is dhei (to see, look), while SEEM is attributed to the Indo-European “root” sem (one, as one). SEEM might also be linked to Syriac  צמח TSiMa[K]H (it appeared).

  סימן $eeYMahN (mark, sign, symptom) is a borrowing from Greek. The following terms show just where the Greek terms originated: $eeMaH (Arabic) is a sign, as  תמונה TiMOONaH or (S)iMOONaH is a picture or "image" (Deuteronomy4:16).

ציון  (T)SeeYOON (signpost, monument, mark - IIKings23:17).   ציון TSeeYOAN is Zion (Isaiah1:27), so true Zionists must strive to be "signposts" in the Lord's Public Relations department.

A third Semitic source for SEMANTIC is the source of SEMITIC.  SHeM, Noah's son who stayed in the middle ground when the Hamites went down to Africa and the Japhetics went up to Europe. Shem has a name that means "name."  SHeM, name, first appears in Genesis 2:11. See SAME. As Greek semantikos means "significant," so a  SHeM (name) or SM is a signification.  S(H)eM  also means "fame" or "repute," and the term is translated "renown" in Genesis6:4. Ill repute involves  AhSHahM (guilt – see   ASHAMED.)  An OMEN may be a related sign. OMEN in earlier Latin was osmen. See OMEN

PSYCHOSOMATIC, SEMAPHORE, SEMATIC, SEMIOLOGY, SEMIOTIC, and ZEN are among the cognates of SEMANTIC. A SENNET is an audible sign – see   SOUND.  A SEMAPHORE is a flag to wave as a signal.  This recalls the Biblical flag, also fricative-nasal (but reversed), the   Nai$ of Numbers 26:10.  The signal is visual. See SIGN and SIMULATION.  For frictive-nasal synonyms and antonyms of sameness, see SIN.


RW adds that semaforo is an Italian traffic signal.This, like SEMAPHORE, favors the visual fricative-nasal etymons above.

The word  SEMANTICS itself involves what is heard, how a word is used or misused.  So the  S-M of  SHeM[A]h , what is heard, may be important.

 Maybe this why some words for saying, not just listening, have an S-M, Examples include;   Finnish  “say”  sanoa  (RW) and  “say” in Swahili: sema. (JMohler)

    NAME words in a form of  S-M  include:  The many S-M Semitic and Hamitic cognates are not included, even if it is as distant as Hausa -- (West Africa)   Sunana -- since Hamito-Semitic languages are already acknowledged as related.  Basque (Spain, France) izen, , Cantonese [Chinese] [family name]  sing, Farsi (Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan)   Esm, Galician (Spain)    Chámome, Georgian [Kartuli]   Chemi,   Irish Gaelic (Ireland)   mise,  Italian (Italy)    chiamo,  (Como Northern Italy: ciame, Japanese (Japan) [informal]    shim, [Also, a signed name or one’s title is shomei in Japanese.] Khmer [Cambodian]  ch'muah, Komi-Permyak (Russia)   shuöny,     komi-Zyryan (Russia)     shuöny Mandarin [Chinese] [family name]  xing,  Maltese (Malta)  jisimni, Manx (Britain)    S'mee, Portuguese (Portugal)    Chamo ,  Scots [Ulster Scots] (Northern Ireland)     masel, Scottish Gaelic (Scotland)     'S mise, Slovenian (Slovenia)  sem, Yugur [Western Yugur] (China) [surname]    sïmïk .  In Japanese a chimei  is a place name, meisei   (S-M reversed) means fame, reputation; and a  name card), and sedimei is a (full) nameall  from    שם   SHaiM, name.

N- M and M-N “name” words at NAME.

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