Origin of English word TIME

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Anglo-Saxon tima (time) is traced to the Indo-European base dei (to part, divide up) and the Indo-European “root” da (to divide). Reversing da does recall vowel-dental AiT (time - Ecclesiastes3:1). Pronounced GHaiT, it too is a guttural-dental CUTTING term.

There is a range of TM TIME words in Hebrew. תם TahM is to be ended, finished, to be destroyed, to cease, or to be "spent" in Numbers26:20.  Reversing this term brings Mem-Tahf  MaiT מת  (to die – see CHECKMATE) and MahTahY (when? For how long? – Exodus 8:5. Proverbs 6:9).  Noncoincidently,  תם    (completion) and its mirror image,  מת (death) both appear in Deuteronomy 2:16 where the completion –death of the wilderness generation is paramount..

Combining TM and MT terms of completed time, is TSaMaT 1. to put an end to, and, paradoxically but typically, to assign in perpetuity  (Leviticus 25:23). 

Other TM time words include:   תמול TiMOAL -- "formerly" or "yesterday" - Genesis31:2, and, yet another antonym,   תמיד TahMeeYD -- "always" or "continuity" (Exodus28:29).  Sharing dental-nasal-dental is   צמיתת  TSiMeeYTooT, forever (Leviticus 25:23).


טמא DTaMAy, (impure) is a T-M term of terminal finiteness, see “CONTAMINATION.”   This reverses to M-T with death – see above.

, Mem-Tahf,MahTahY (when) , gave Japanese a few M-nasal time words:  mada (yet, as far), made (until, up to)  and madeni (by the time, not later than). Shifting the first and last letters of Tahf-Mem-Yod-Dalet (always) is Tsadi-Mem-Yod-Tahf.  TSaMeeYT means perpetual.  As is often the case, the Bible’s own poetic repetition plays with a subroot.  In Leviticus 25:29 there is ToaM (completion). In the next verse, 25:30 is TiMeeYMaH (complete) and TSiMeeYTOOT (perpetuity). T'[K]HOOM is a limit.   MADaH (measurement) reversed is a dental-nasal term relevant to our TM time words here..

There is no Indo-European “root” for words from Latin tempus, time, like TEMPO. TEMPORAL and TEMPEST.  The P may be a later adition, so our Tahf-Mem keeps TIME. In TEMPEST the e PS element better denotes a windstorm – see ASPIRE.  So, TM + PS could add up a TIME of windiness. 

More distant connections to TIME and TEMPO may be seen at CHANGE, SUN and TERM. Tuma is a period of time in Bambara (Hamitic). Tihng is a stop or pause in Cantonese. Tamam means finnish in Farsi. Like תם    (completion), Indonesian tamat  eans to finish.

A reverse nasal-fricative term that affords lots of TIME is NeeTSa[K]H (perpetual – Jeremiah 8:5). NeTSa[K]H is eternity. Reverse Japanese tsune ni (always). . Japanese reverses to M-D for madeni (by the time…and two similar M-D words).

תם    ToaM (completion) is a better etym on  for TERMINATION, than the Tet-Resh-Mem   word (before the end) seen at TERM.  See  SMIRK for the building case for added Ls and Rs after Babel (liquidization).

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danesh   5/25/2017 5:45:00 PM
TIME LEADS TO its CONTAMINATION assisted en route its growth BUT GOLD... MONEY... Fire Wall Fire....is fragile...it can be crossed with speed....jumping through the ring of fire in circus .... Fire must be protected....contamination....

danesh   5/25/2017 5:40:00 PM
TIME LEADS TO its CONTAMINATION assisted en route its growth BUT GOLD... MONEY...

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