Origin of English word SMUG

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[S-M- KH]


To be SMUG is to be happy with oneself. The dictionary SMUGLY offers Germanic smuck (neat) and the Indo-European “root” meug (slimy, slippery) as etymons.

שמח   SaMayahK[H] is a joyful satisfaction (Deuteronomy16:15).


SMIRK and Anglo-Saxon smercian (to smile) are from the same base as SMILE.  A Polish smirk  and smile is usmiech.  See SMIRK for other examples of added liquids (L,R). Russian smech is laughter.  Slovenian “laugh” is smeh (M. Pau) , The Indo-European base is smei (to smile, be astonished); the alleged Indo-European “root” is smei (to laugh, smile). The Bible has no SMILE term, but  SaMah[K]H is to rejoice or be glad (Proverbs17:5). If, as Webster's suggests, astonishment (as well as happiness) brings a smile to our lips, consider YeeSOAM ("shall be astonished" - Jeremia 49;17). SHaMaH means horror.  ToaMaH, THoaMaH or (S)oaMaH is to be astounded or amazed or to wonder. THAUMATOLOGY is from Greek thauma (a miracle, a wonder), but this term is not linked to SMILE as "admire," "miracle" and "marvel" are. Hebrew happiness is shared because Polish usmiech is a smile and Cantonese some is happy. For Tagalog happiness, an M213 of masaya is required.

Mahigan (Amerind) schmeck is to laugh , see CHUCKLE.

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