Origin of English word SIMPLE

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English Word

SIMPLE

Edenic Word

SHaPHaL

Hebrew Word

שפל

Transliteration

Shin-Phey-Lamed

Pronounciation

Shah-FAIL

Conversion

[SH-PH-L → S+M PL]

Meaning

Lowly, Humble

Roots

SIMPLE is tossed in with “sim” words at IE “root” sem (one, as one) – see SIMULATION below.   But  SIMPLE (uncomplicated), and, more recently Latin simplus, is forced by the AHD to mean “having only a simple part or unit.”   Ancient words were not coined by mechanical engineers. Simple Simon the pieman was no rocket scientist, but he was not made of one part.

Edenic SHaPHaL means lowly and humble (Isaiah 57:15), precisely like the simple-minded SIMPLETON. The verb SHaPHeL is to bring someone down, especially one who is haughty (Isaiah 2:17).  A simple nasalization, here an added M, helped make Semitic too lowly a source for etymons for haughty  For the physical lowliness of Shin-Phey-Lamed, see SPILL and “SPELLUNK.”


Branches

שפל SHaPHal is often physically lowly. B-Y defines SHeYPHeL as depression. This is more like Polish osowialosc, (S-B) mopishness, dejection, dullness.

The built-in   opposite is SHaPeeYR, goodly, eloquentv—a liquid shift away. An M132 away from Arabic sharraf, honor. See SUPER.  Moses is described as humble, but he was no simple Simon. In Peruvian Spanish an achaparrado is one who is excessively humble and timid (submitted by Fernando Aedo) .


Related Words

SUPER



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