Origin of English word SET

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Hebrew Word







[ S(H)T]


Old English sittan is to sit, while settan is to set. The given Indo-European “root” is sed (to sit), while an etymon of placing is preferable. (We can SET our rear end on a chair,to SIT, but we cannot SEAT a watch, stage, condition or price.)

שת SHaT is to set; Joseph is appointed or set as a viceroy of Egypt with this term in Genesis41:35.  SHaTaT is to place; (La)TaiT or (La)SaiT is "to give" (appearing twice in Nehemiah9:8). For anyone set on a SITTING etymon there's שת SHa(S) or SHaT (buttock, bottom - Isaiah20:4). To set up type for printing is $aDeR (to arrange).  To set, as to establish, is Ya$aD.  Mo$aD is any foundation, while the Israeli Mossad is a favorite of conspiracy buffs.   יסוד Yi$OAD is a base or principle, which is also SET down as givens .   An extension of  is   שת SHahT (to set – Isaiah 19:10) is שתל SHaTaL, to set, to plant (Ezekiel 17:22).   See SLASH.


Turning to the SETTINGS of gems or cornerstones, (Ya)SaD is to found, establish or set; SaD(eR) is used  to SETTLE something, or to SET a watch.  A score of common words have this ST in it, like POSITION. Many cognates of SIT and SET are found at SEAT.  To stand something up is the same as setting it in place.  Sanskrit stha (to stand)  is a fricative-dental that stands or sits well here.

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