Origin of English word SWERVE

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From the alleged Indo-European “root” swerbh (to turn, wipe off), SWERVE means to turn aside from a straight line or course.

סור $OOR or $WOOR precisely means to turn aside from the שר   Shin-Resh straignt path – see below.

Deuteronomy2:27: "I will keep strictly to the highway, turningoff neither to the right nor to the left."  There is also     שור Sin-Vav-Resh, SwooR or SOOR, to turn aside – Hosea 9:12.  The "wiping off" inthe alleged Indo-European “root” is from    הסיר Hey$eeYR (to remove, put aside), related to the same SR Hebrew root.   זור Zayin-Vav-Resh, ZVR, also means "to turn away” – Isaiah 1:4. סרר $oReR  is perverted, rebellious (Deuteronomy21:18).  The perverse, (SWERVING) child of this verse was “chastened” by his parents – a   סר Samekh-Resh verb, like the     יסר Yod-Samekh-Resh verb of chastisement in Deuteronomy 8:5.  סר Samekh-Resh is also the built-in antonym of not swerving, not deviating.   אסור A$OOR means bound, imprisoned, later prohibited,.  All mean restricted from deviating (SWERVING off the straight and narrow). Genesis 39:20 has both the verb and the Samekh-Hey-Resh noun,   סהר  $oaHahR, of prison.   מוסר MOO$aR is ethical teachings (Proverbs 1:2).  Moving to   שר Shin-Resh and the fricative-liquid opposite: see   ישר YaSHaR at “SHEER;”    ישר YoSHeR is justice (see JURISDICTION).  Restrictions, teachings and laws are all S-R opposition to deviation.   Similar and opposite words of following and straying ffrom straight lines are at TIER TIRE and TOUR.

  סרב $aRahBH is rebellious (Ezekiel 2:6). The   סר Samekh-Resh/$R links it to סרר $oReR   (perverted, rebellious) and to the Samekh-Vav-Resh of   סור $OOR (pervertion). To סר   Samekh-Resh/$R divergence we add רב  RahBH (a lot – see RIFE) to get the increased intensity of rebellion. See SURLY.

Tsadi can be a fricative so we may add SWERVING from the STROPHE entry:

צואר   TSaVahR, neck (in Biblical Aramaic and Syriac) means “that which turns” … from ציר   TSeeYR ( to revolve, twist … the hinge for a door to swing on Proverbs 26:13). 


SOOR, with a Sin not Samekh, also means to turn aside or depart; its Shin-Resh antonymic counterpart is  SHOORaH (line, row – see   "SERIES") . For a sense of S-R stricture with the other fricative, Tsadi-Resh, see TSaR (narrow, the companion of straight, at STRESS.) TSaRahR is bound up or straightened (Joshua9:4).   The one who swerves or digresses from moral ways gets YaSahR (admonished, chastised – Deuteronomy 5:5) with Yi$OORiM (suffering, from the Lord’s tough love).

MOO$ahR is chastisement (Deuteronomy 11:2).

SH(V)eeYL or SWL (lane, path) is that straight path that those who err to SWERVE from.

Pronouncing the vowel Vav, OA or OO, as the V or W consonant also allows one to see AWARE in  Ayin-Vav-Resh. [A]WR is usually pronounced OOR  (to awake, to rouse oneself – see ORIENTATION). To see DWELL in  Dalet-Vav-Resh, DWR (usually pronounced DOOR - to dwell, live), or to see SWARTHY in Shin-Het-Vav-Resh (usually pronounced SHa[K]HOAR - dark, black) – one need only pronounce the Vav as a consonant instead of a vowel. The Het-Resh in blackness may come from [K]HaRaH, to burn (see CHAR), as a charred utensil is a blackened one.

For more swerving, see SHEERING and "SWIVEL;" for antonyms see STRESS.  Reverse SR for Old French ruser (to detour), source of RUSE (a trick, strategem).

As for Sin-Resh removal,  as in Exodus 8:27 (to remove): Japanese suri is a pickpocket, and suru means  to steal.  SH-R is used to mean  a reverse direction, such as ushiro in he phrase for “backwards.” Related to the Sin-Vav-Resh binding and imprisoning above, Osaeru in Japanese is to push down, keep down, repress.

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