Origin of English word SENILE

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SENILE and SENILITY are from Latin senex and senis (old, aged). (The connection between cognates SENATOR and SENILE is demonstrated all too often.) the alleged Indo-European “root” is sen (old).    ישן   YaS(H)ahN is old (Leviticus 26:10).  ישן YoSHeN is oldness. נושן   NOASHahN is old or inveterate – see ANCIENT.


We grow old and full of sleep.”  (W.B. Yates).   שנה S(H)aiNaH is sleep – see   INSOMNIA).  Sleep offers the time of reflecion to mature and change. שנה S(H)aNaH is change – see   CHANGE.  In time, שנה SHaNaH is a year,  all things become   שונה S(H)OANeH (different). Cognates of SENILE at Indo-European “root” sen (old) include (MON)SEIGNIOR, SENATE, SENECTITUDE, SENESCENT, SENIOR, SENOPIA, SIGNORY, SIR, SIRE, and SURLY.

SHANTY is from an "old" term in Old Irish. Sempai is a senior in Japanese.  In Sumerian sunin, sun means old, rot or past. In Latvian sun, senam means old and long ago.  The Chinese shun emperor means of an ancient, legendary period (X609, George Shen ).  The Samoan address to elders is sena.

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Donald Evans   3/17/2017 7:40:00 AM
I read somewhere that the word senile actually derived from the word/term "Senatus" in Roman times. Senatus was used for the wise who were people of the senate. How it got to senile I do not recall, but did read it. Wish I could remember where I read it.

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