Origin of English word SPIRIT

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Edenic Word


Hebrew Word







[(T) S-P(H)-R]


A SPIRACLE is an air hole or blow hole by which a whale blows out air (with a whistling sound).  SPIRANTS are sounds produced by passing breath through partly closed lips (as in whistling).  ASPIRANT comes from Latin spirare to breathe or to blow.  The Indo-European “root” spirare ("to breathe: Latin word of unknown origin") leaves out the whistling and blowing which appear to be important meanings in the SPR words above.

TSaPHaR is to whistle. TS'PHeeYRaH (whistling) returns to Hebrew via Arabic, while Biblical Hebrew retains the whistling, chirping animals like the TSeePOAR (bird – see   SPARROW)and the chirping TS'PhaRDay[A]h (frog).


Latin spiritus meant "the breath of a god," linking SPIRIT with the whistling "wind" of God that we encounter in Scripture. God doesn't "breathe," but we can hear the presence of the Lord in the blowing wind - especially if we've just eaten a forbidden fruit.

The given cognates of SPIRIT include CESSPOOL, CONSPIRE, EXPIRE, INSPIRE, PERSPIRE, RESPIRATION, SUSPIRE and TRANSPIRE. SPRITE should be here too. The two-letter root of  TS-PH-R is Tsadi-Phey or TS-PH.  TSiPHTSaiPH is to chirp. Hope is breathless – see   ASPIRE.

In Italian zufolare  is to whistle, and zu’folo is  a whistle. There is only a liquid shift, Resh to L, from the original Tsadi-Pey-Resh sound. 

Related to Tsadi-Pey-Resh whistling, but shorter and less harsh are the bird’s whistle above and HeePeeYa[K]H (to blow upon). This soft Pey-Het blower gives Japanese the fugu (blowfish), and words for blow in Aleut (po) and Tagalog (ihip). The Edenic belch is a (Ni)PHeeYK[H]aH (PK), while in Basque it is poker.

Alcoholic beverages can raise spirits, but intoxicating SPIRITS ought not to be related to the SPIRITUAL.

The SPIRITS or firewater that one drinks is not about breathing, but about burning. German Sprit is alcohol, later used to mean fuel (that which is burned or SaRaPH. Similarly, “brandy” is a close relative of “firebrand” and “burnt.”  After too much liquor one might spell or pronounce SaRaPH (burn – Leviticus 10:6) metathesized as S-P-R.  If distilled SPIRITS are related to SPIRITED, then the Edenic etymon above is to be cited.  Mandarin shao, burn, is pronounced like “sour.”   More Sin-Resh-Phey burning at SAFFRON.

For ASPIRATIONS, see ASPIRE. For more deified wind, see ZEPHER.

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