Origin of English word SHACK

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Edenic Word


Hebrew Word







[ SKH]


booth or tabernacle


The dictionaries are not sure where SHACK (crude cabin, shanty) came from, but they offer "said to be a contraction of Mexican jacal, from Aztec xacalli (wooden hut)."  שך SoaKH (which may be read SHoaKH) is a booth, pavilion or "tabernacle" in Lamentations2:6. SoaKH is a booth (Psalms27:5), and the more common סכה     SOOKaH is a booth or tabernacle. Leviticus23:42 charges Israelites to "live in booths" for seven days on the Festival of Booths or Tabernacles.     סך $oaKH is a hut or tent (Psalms 27:5). Edenic has KS and SK CASINGS and SACKS – see SACK and ENCASE.


.     סך $oaKH can also mean a thicket. שכך  SaKHAKH is to screen or cover.  The ש-כ    Sin-Khaf  is a temporary shelter from the elements, like סוכה    $OOKaH and SHACK.  See ENSCONCE and SCENE for extensions of these SK cover-shelter-housing terms; see HOUSE for KS reversals of same. At HOUSE those related words, like  ח-ס Het-Samekh words of protection and refuge, are also fricatives with (softer) gutturals.  Reversing the S-K of our Edenic etymons produces Spanish casa (house). It occurred to  Kenneth H. Ryesky that KIOSK  (a small commercial booth) may be from the same K-S, S-K construction as the סכה    SUKKAH (holiday tabernacle or booth). Webster's has Turkish kösk coming from Persian kushk (portico) -- which is a protective porch.

Bible Verses

Leviticus 23:42 בסכת תשׁבו שׁבעת ימים כל־האזרח בישׂראל ישׁבו בסכת׃

“Ye shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are home-born in Israel shall dwell in booths; ”



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