Origin of English word SLALOM

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ladder, ramp or stairway


SLALOM is a noun or verb of skiing in a zigzag, downhill race. The word is Norwegian; no Indo-European base or “root” is available. SLANT (also no Indo-European “root”)  is from Norwegian slenta (a slope), so that an SLN or SLM etymon of sloping up or down is needed.

סולם $ooLahm or SOOLahM is the ladder, ramp or stairway in Jacob's dream - Genesis28:12.

For the SL connotations of SLALOM, סוללה     $OALiLaH is a ramp, סלול $aLOOL is paved (macadamized, a road engineered with slanted  embankments for up or downhill traveling), and $iL$aiL is to curl. Put these together for the sense of balance and engineering necessary in downhill racing or uphill road building.

צלל TSaL aL  (to dive, plungs, sink - Exodus15:10, see TEAL is the fricative-liquid opposite of     סלל $aLaL (to raise up – Isaiah 62:10. ( S.R. Hirsch).


SWARM is to climb.  $OOLahM may be read SVLM or SWLM, then only an L → R shift away from SWRM. Somewhere behind the confusion of the soft C (S) and the hard C (K) may lie a connection between SLALOM, SLANT and the HARD C CLIMBING words. Latin clinare (to lean) and Greek klimax (ladder) are among the etymons that gave us the following possible derivatives of Samekh-Lamed-Mem,soft C-L-M: ACCLIVITY, CLIENT, CLINIC, -CLINO, CLIMATE, CLIMAX, DECLINE, INCLINE, LEAN, PROCLIVITY. If completing a race gave SLALOM its SLM, see SLAM.

Bible Verses

Genesis 28:12 ויחלם והנה סלם מצב ארצה וראשׁו מגיע השׁמימה והנה מלאכי אלהים עלים וירדים בו׃

“And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven; and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.”


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