Origin of English word SLING

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English Word

SLING

Edenic Word

SHaLaK[H]

Hebrew Word

שלך

Transliteration

Shin-Lamed-Khaf

Pronounciation

sha-LAHKH

Conversion

[SH-L-KH → SL (+N) G]

Roots

The Indo-European “root” of SLING is sleng w h (to slide, make slide, sling, throw).  There is nothing older than Middle English to indicate that SLING was nasalized (added N). The confused linguists then assume that SLING is related to a sliding word like SLINK – see SLUG.

    שלח SHaLaK[H] is to send off, send away or set free. When Moses demands, "Let my people go" (Exodus7:16) - the verb is שלח S(H)LAKH.  This fits the letting go of  SLACK and SLOUGH but can שלח SHaLaK[H] fit the fast letting loose of a SLINGSHOT?  In Numbers 35:20 the שלח SHaLaKH is done with lethal force. It is the verb of shooting out stones, arrows and of the Lord “tossing hail” in Psalms 147:17.


Branches

InPolishslac means to send.      

The AHD’s alleged cognates, like LUMBRICOID (a worm), must be trashed like so much SLAG and SLOUGH – see “SLAG” and SLOUGH. (The SLING link was made by Robert Govett in 1869.) 


Related Words

SLOUGH



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