Origin of English word SYLLABUS

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The word SYLLABUS is addressed in the entry: GOSPEL

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Anglo-Saxon godspel originally meant "good spell, good story or good news.”  The GOSPEL Greek letters are to tell the “good news” of the new, universal Messianic faith for a world steeped in primitive cults.  Spel, a story or history, is thought to come from a fabricated Indo-European “root” spel (to say aloud, recite).

SahPeR is to tell or recount (Genesis 24:66) as well as to count (Genesis15:5). $eePOOR is a story or narrative; $aYPHeR is a book (Deuteronomy31:26), scroll or letter (IISamuel11:14). Scrolls were rolled, so see round cognates like CIPHER at DECIPHER and SPHERES.  The common R to L change is all that is needed.


SPIEL is a talk, speech or a verb of speaking in colloquial English. The German spiel (play, game) is cited as the source, instead of linking SPIEL to GOSPEL and SPELL at the Indo-European spel (root of recitation -whence a "play," dramatization, or game in the German and Yiddish sense).

The AHD's links SPELL (signaling letters and reciting a magic formula) to terms like Gothic spill (recital, tale). Hebrew letters are also numbers. This is why an accounting or recounting is an extension of counting. See DECIPHER.

SYLLABUS (now thought to be a misprint of Greek syttyba) might be a scrambled cognate of SPELL or from S(H)iB(H)eeYL (path, course). The equally problematic etymology given for SYLLABLE suggests that we see SYLLABLE as a SPELLING term, recalling that each Hebrew letter usually involves a whole SYLLABLE.

URSPRACHE (parent language) is from German sprache  (language). Perhaps Sin-Pey-Resh or SaPHaH (language) links up with the source of spr(ache) – add an R and harden the Hey.  It is thought that the Indo-European “root” spreg (to speak) lost an R by the time it got to Old  English specan, to speak.  It is possible that the English SPEAK and SPEECH  echo a more authentic form of SaPHaH than the German.

A #1-#2 metathesis of SPR (to tell) resembles BSR or BeSaR (to bring tidings), a cousin of PeRS(OOM) (publicity, publication) and our SPR etymon.  The  Sanskrit word for language is bhasaha.  Phey easily shifts bilabials with BH.  Simply switch the order of the first and second consonant, and bha-sa-ha becomes sa-bha-ha, which is much like Edenic SaPHaH language.

The Samekh-Pey-Resh root’s  relating, narrating and spelling out fits the definition of Greek phrazein (to point out, show).  $aPeR, to count or recount, is the logical source of PHRASE, with an M231 metathesis.  PHRASE is currently attributed to an unlikely,  Indo-European invented root called  g(w)hren (to think).

Hebrew Bet-Sin-Resh (to bring tidings – IISamuel 18:20) may be behind BUZZ, and SPR may have been retold as WHISPER. The Indo-European “root” swer- 2  means "to buzz, whisper."

Indo-European swer- 1 (to speak, talk) is the given source of ANSWER and SWEAR. Besides Samekh-Pey-Resh, these two terms appear related to Shin-Bet verbs, like (Hey)SHeeYBH (to answer, return) and (Ha)SHBa[A]h (swearing in – Genesis 24:9) and Shin-Bet nouns like TiSHOO[V}aH (answer – Job 21:34) and SHi[V]OO[A]h (a swear – Genesis 24:8) .

In the AHD, swearing is in context of rebuttal (like Shin-Bet answering).

Also, swer-2 (to buzz, whisper) is the given source of SWARM. The buzzing like bee “speech” recalls how the Edenic bee is a D’BHOARaH, and DiBOOR is speech. More Samekh-Pey-Resh rhetoric at PROSE.

Polish pisarek (scribe) and  pisarz (copyist)   are from    M213    S-B    ספר $oaPHeR, a scribe

 (II Kings12:11, now usually spelled סופר $OAPHeR.

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