Origin of English word UNISON

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The word UNISON is addressed in the entry: SOUND


English Word

SOUND

Edenic Word

SHAh’OAN

Hebrew Word

שאון

Transliteration

Shin-Aleph-Vav-Noon

Pronounciation

S(H)A-OWN

Conversion

[SN]

Meaning

noise

Roots

Latin sonare is "to sound;" the Indo-European root is swen (to sound). French sound is just son.

סון $'OAN is noise or tumult;   סאן $a’AhN is to make noise; שאון SHAh’OAN is “noise" (Isaiah24:8).  S(H)ahAhN is to make-noise.  The opposite, quiet, is SHA’ahN (Jeremiah 30:10);  SHA’ahNaN means quiet, tranquil (Isaiah 33:20).  Jeremiah uses both Shin-Noon antonyms;  שאון SHAh’OAN (noise -- Jeremiah 46:17) and SHA’ahNaN  (quiet -- 46:27. JPS 1973). 

More variations on a fricative-nasal theme below.


Branches

The ear and "to hear" are the same fricative-nasal sound, Aleph-Zayin-Noon or AZN – see    Deuteronomy 32:1 and AUSCULATE. Old English hylsnan is the given source of LISTEN, but see “LISTEN.” From SN and ZN we move to SH’MoW[A]h (to listen) and ShayM[A]h (a sound or report). ZeMeR  is the sweet sound of SONG;  Z'MeeRaH is a (P)SA(L)M;  ZeeMZaiM is to buzz or hum - akin to ZOOM. The SINGING of a cat,  SHOON(RAh) in Aramaic, can be less than SONOROUS at 3:00 A.M. Shoomet’ is to make noise in Russian (M from Noon).

The SN  sound-alike opposite is SHa’AhNaN (quiet) - tenang is quiet in Indonesian.

Cognates of SOUND include ASSONANCE, CONSONANT, DISSONANT, RESOUND, SONANT, SONATA, SONE, SONIC, SONNET, SWAN and UNISON.

French chanter sounds most like  SHAh’OAN, while Dutch zingen (to sing) best resembles ZeeMaiR (to sing). CHANT is considered a KN word – see   CANE. Sound or noise is see-ung in Thai; chang is to sing in Chinese. Seinn is to sing in Gaelic. Shum is noise in Russian.

“Sound” in French (sain),   In Farsi or Persian shenid an is- to hear. [RW]     Italian and Spanish (sano) infers that the end-D in Germanic (like Danish sund)    may not be historical.   Japanese so’on  means noise. 

(T)SeeNOAR is a pipe, and piping is singing or sounding through a reed instrument or the NOSE – see   SNORKEL. Another Zayin-Mem/ tighten) ZM term essential to musical sound is ZMahN (time).

 SHaiM (name, reputation – see SAME) is a most significant human sound and object of reportage. NOISE is presently thought to derive from Latin nausea and the Indo-European “root” nau (boat). NOISE means "loud sound" or, formerly, "a bad report." Rather than making NOISE a cognate of "astronaut" and "nausea," reverse the SN root of שמע   SHayMaH (report) and $’OAN (noise). This entry and book would establish that sound is sense, and that the sequence and spelling of those basic, universal sounds is less important.

MUSIC is Ma(S)OAQ (sweet), but it might also bean NSorMS cognate of NOISE and SOUND.    שמע    SHeM[A]h, listen! (understand and obey) isa echoed by the demanding call of shema in Zuni, an Amarind isolate of New Mexico.

In Altaic, Turkic languages, say is to utter, recite and chant. In Genesis 24:63 Isaac is SOOa[K]H in the field, “meditating” or, related to a word later defined as “conversing.”  Nasalizing (adding an N) this Sin-Vav-Het term (like S-G} offers us an alternative route to SONG and SING. It would connect speaking, chanting and singing words, and add some volume to Isaac’s prayerful meditation. The Indo-European root for English SAY is sekw- 3 (to say, utter), alleged source of  SAGA (see SAGA), SAW (saying), SAY and SCOLD.


Bible Verses

Isaiah 24:8 שׁבת משׂושׂ תפים חדל שׁאון עליזים שׁבת משׂושׂ כנור׃

“The mirth of tabrets ceaseth, the noise of them that rejoice endeth, the joy of the harp ceaseth.”


Strong

(7588)

Related Words

TONE



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