Origin of English word STAFF

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English Word

STAFF

Edenic Word

SHeyBHeDT

Hebrew Word

שבט

Transliteration

Shin-Bhet-Tet

Pronounciation

S(H)AY-VET

Conversion

[S(H)-BH-(D)T → ST-BH]

Meaning

Walking stick, scepter

Roots

The given etymons of STAFF -- Sanskrit stabhnati (he supports) and the Indo-European base stabh (post, pole) are from "pillar" and "stabilizer" terms – see   STABLE.

  STAFF  is an M132 metathesis of S(H)ayBHeDT ( a rod or staff -- Isaiah28:27), or royal authority - "the SCEPTER shall not depart from Judah" (Genesis49:10


Branches

A German staff, stick is a Stab, an M132 of SHaiBHeDT (also S-F, S-B).

The given etymons of STAFF -- Sanskrit stabhnati (he supports) and the Indo-European base stabh (post, pole) -- are from "pillar" and "stabilizer" terms – see   STABLE.


Related Words

STABLE



Kenneth    5/17/2016 4:22:00 AM
Thank you for this information. There is a custom illustrated in 1 Samuel 14:52 — "Now the war against the Philistines was severe all the days of Saul; and when Saul saw any mighty man or any valiant man, he attached him to his staff." Earlier in the chapter my translation uses "staff" as in your etymology here. I do not know whether other languages have used their spelling of "staff" similarly to our more common English usage of "staff" (those individuals affiliated with an administration). There may be evidence (not merely my speculation) that this more contemporary usage originally branched from such customs.

fgb   9/5/2012 3:02:00 PM
hi

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