Origin of English word SWEEP

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English Word

SWEEP

Edenic Word

SHOOPH as SWooPH

Hebrew Word

שוף

Transliteration

Shin-Vav-Phey

Pronounciation

SW00PH

Conversion

[SH-W-PH → SWP ]

Roots

No SWEEPING  Indo-European “root” was concocted for SWEEP.  There is only the Anglo-Saxon swapan.  Beside clearing away, as with a broom, there are definitions of dragging and raking that indicates more than the action of a broom.

שוף Shin-Vav-Phey is to make smooth by rubbing, scraping or polishing. For the nasalized   שוף  SHooPH, see “SHAMPOO.”  That the Shin-Phey verb is more about clearing away a surface than planning it is seen by its closest term: שפה SHaPHaH.    שפה   SHaPHaH is defined (EDK) as “to sweep bare.”

In Aramaic-Syriac  the sense of smoothing and planning strongly links it to שוף SHOOP or SHWooPH. Arabic safa means it swept bare --- said of wind.  With a Noon prefix,   נשפה NiSHPHaH means “wind-swept” in Isiah 13:2    For a vowel Vav rendering a consonant, see SURF or SWERVE.


Branches

BRANCHES: The SWEEP RAKE alludes to scraping rather than light brushing. The SHiPHeeY of Numbers 23: is usually translated to mean a bare hill, that is, the wind-swept heights in the desert.


Related Words

SURF



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