Origin of English word SKILL

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English Word

SKILL

Edenic Word

SaiKHeL

Hebrew Word

שכל

Transliteration

Sin-Kahf-Lamed

Pronounciation

SAY-KHELL

Conversion

[S- K(H)-L]

Roots

Old Norse skil (reason, discernment) is akin to skilja (to cut apart, separate). Both are thought to come from a fabricated Indo-European “root” skel (to cut). Hebrew does not demand that thinking came from cutting, while it does maintain the link between understanding     שכל SaiKHeL - Genesis3:6) and separation or bereavement שכל     SHaKoL - Genesis27:45).   סכין  $aKeeYN (knife) and other literal cutting terms are found at SAXON.


Branches

Hebrew adds to the idea of SKILL as mental discrimination, with a link to SHaQaiL (weighing, pondering – see   SCALE). Judgement, as well as dissection, serves a SCHOLAR in SCHOOL.  $eeKHLOOT (folly) and the $aAKHaL (fool – Jeremiah 5:21) are, hopefully, only typical sound-alike antonyms of SCHOLARSHIP and the SCHOLAR.

SKULLDUGGERY (deceptive skill) has an "unknown origin." The opposite of cutting away and separation is the  ESHKOAL (cluster – see   SCHOOL). Latin scire (to know) is related. CONSCIOUS, CONSCIENCE and SCIENCE are given cognates, but so are SCIOLISM (surface knowledge) and a 4-letter word for defecation (at the IE “root” skei, to cut or split), $ayGHayF to divide and SHa$ahGH (to divide, cleave - Judges14:6) present another SK cutting root.


Related Words

SAXON,SCALE,SCHOOL



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