Origin of English word SHRIEK

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[TS-R-K(H) → SRK]


Old Norse skrika is to cry; the IE base and root is ker (loud noses of birds). The dictionaries say that SHRIEK, SCREAK, SCREAM, SCREECH and SHRIKE are all echoic relatives of Latin corvus (ravin), but there is much non-imitative meaning available at RAVEN and CROW.  

1) צרח TSaRaK[H] is to cry or shout (Zephania 1:14 ).  In Isaiah 42:13 is refers to a war cry.  The sense is perfect.  The fricative shift from Tsadi/TS to SH is uncommon, while the Het/K[H] to the harsher guttural K is routine.

2) Better sound, but not sense: A high-pitched sound that fits SHRIEK is שריקה SHiReeYQaH (whistling, derisive hooting -- I Kings9:8).

 A built-in (fricative-liquid) antonym of צרח TSaR aK[H]  is שיר SHeeYR, song – see SIREN.   שריקה SHiReeYQaH (to whistle) = שיר SHeeYR (song) + ריק RayQ (empty).   Melody without lyrics is empty song.


An M132 and liquid shift could elicit a SQUEAL.  Cognates of SCREECH not mentioned above include RING and RETCH.

An SH-R-K whistle is a tune without lyrics or a SHeeYR (song – see SIREN) +  RaiQ (empty – see KARATE). Crying and shouting terms without a Resh/ R include  Z[A]h’ahQ, TS[A]h’ahQ, and SHAh’ahG (lion roar – see Singapore at METROPOLIS) and Shin-Vav-Ayin (to hue and cry). The flip side of crying is TSa[K]HahQ (to laugh  – see  CHUCKLE. German Schrei (a cry, shout, scream) and schreien  (to shout) require an M132  and a guttural shift.   Hungarian sir (cry -- pronounced sheer)  is an abbreviated TSaRa[K]H or SHiReeYQaH.   To cry in Indonesian is teriak; the Sioux Indian crow is (av)sarek.    

Echoes of TSReeYK[H]aH (shout) in Germanic and Slavic cries include Czech: kriceti, German:  Schrei (a shout or scream), schreien (to cry out),Danish: skrige, Dutch: schreeuwen, Swedish:skrika and probably Rumanian: striga – which is Italic or a Romance language. The T not seen in Germanic and Slavic is truer to the Edenic Tsadi/TS.  The Turkish shriek reverses SHiReeYQaH: haykkirish (from Erhan Berber) .


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