Origin of English word SHIVER

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To SHIVER is to break into pieces, as in “SHIVER me timbers.” Middle English schiverenis to break.

שבר SHa[V]aR is to break - as Moses did to the tablets of Law in Exodus32:19. The English and Hebrewboth havenoun forms meaning a fragment, fraction or splinter — see “SPLINTER.”. To follow the Edenic breakdown into the later Semitic forms after Babel, Syriac and Ugaritic have TBR forms, Ethiopic has sabara, and Arabic has thabara (he destroyed).

Other Edenic breakers with a bilabial-liquid-fricative, seen with a metathesis, is PeReeTSaH (to break open) – see BREACH and BaRahTS (to break through), at BURST.


Of the many cognates listed under Indo-European “root” skei (to cut, split), only SHEAVE and SHELF seemed related to SHIVE and Shin-Bhet-Resh. To SEVER (break) and SEVERANCE are obviously related;  See SEVERE for  SEVERITY.”

. Swer - 4 is an Indo-European “root” of cutting.  Mark Whibeck traces swer to the Tsadi-Vav-Resh צור ( STVooR or SWR) Stone-Age knife  that Tsiporah uses to circumcise Moses’ son in Exodus 4: 24.IE Swer  is the given source of SWORD (see SWORD”), but not of SEVER and SHIVER – see   SAW.  The sword with a Shin-Bet-Raish is the SABER. The SABER or SABRE has no Indo-European “root”.

More ominous than שוא SHahVE (nothingness – Exodus 20:7 ) is  שבר SHe[V]eR, destruction (Lamentaions 2:13).  It recalls the Hindu god of destruction, Shiva, from the Sanskrit word meaning death and destroyer.  

Most cutting words sound like S-K, see SAXON. 

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