Origin of English word SPY

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[(T)S- P]


Old High German spehon is to search out, examine or investigate;the alleged Indo-European “root” is spek (to observe).

TSeePaH is to look;  TSaPHaH is to keep watch or observe (Proverbs15:3; 31:27); TSoaPHeH is a scout (whose duties might include ESPIONAGE). If one prefers the harder SPK of the Indo-European “root”, note SH'KaPH (to look out - swap letters #2-#3 – see   SCOPE.


The TSeePOAR (bird – see SPARROW)) likes to ESPY and to  (Hee)BeeYDT (watch – see VIDEO.  BT is T(S)-P reversed). Knowledge and vision terms always intersect, so Tsadi-Phey/ (T)S-PH may be behind Greek sophos (wise) and thus SOPHISTICATION, SOPHISM, PHILOSOPHY and more.

Reverse the eye words of Maya Indian (wits), Hopi Indian (poosi) and Greek (ops) for more Tsadi-Phey/ TS-P(H) words. Extensions of the Greek term give us AUTOPSY, IODOSPIN, MYOPIA, -OPIA, -OPSIS, -OPSY, OPTHALMIC, OPTHALMOLOGY, OPTIC, OPTOMETRY, SYNOPSIS, etc.

The noun SPY, an agent of ESPIONAGE, traveled widely in a diplomatic pouch: Spion is a SPY in Danish, Dutch, Norwegion, Rumanian and Swedish. Add an E before it for the French SPY, and an E afterwards for the Italian SPY. Add an extra O for the Estonian SPY, and an extras –IN for the German one. Behind the former Iron Curtain,  a Polish spy is a szpieg, while a Latvian one is a spiegs. Mata-mata, the Indonesian spy, is using his eyes doubly, or his secret camera to take many a  TeMOONaH (picture, image --  Exodus 20:4). In Hopi, the fricative-bilabial reverses to po-si (eye).

More on nasal-dental “eye” words at “EYE. "

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