Origin of English word URGE

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URGE, URGENCY and URGENT involve pleading and a strong, impulsive need. The given etymon is Latin urgere (to urge, drive, press hard) and the hypothetical Indo-European “root” is wreg (to push, shove, drive) – see WRECK.

The Edenic etymon closer to the Indo-European “root”’s meaning is Lamed-Het-Tsadi, LahK[H]ahTS (to press, oppress -- Exodus 3:9). French, Italian, Portuguese, Rumanian and Spanish urgent(e) would indicate that  the T is part of the root. The N may be a nasalization. Thus in URGE[N]T, the Lamed shifts liquids to R; the Het offers the G guttural; the Tsadi provides the T or the soft C of URGENCY.

An Edenic etymon with better sound correspondence to the entry word, addressing the emotional need of URGENCY more that physical pressing, is Ayin-Resh-Gimel-Hey.  [E]RGaH is a longing and craving. The verb form, [A]hRahG,  is defined as "to long for, crave" and it is translated "cry for" and "pant after."

"As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after Thee, O God."- Psalms42:22.


The cognates of URGE at Indo-European “root” wreg include GASKET, RACK, WRACK, WREAK, WRECK, and WRETCH.   The "entreaty" sense of URGE appears in the Latin rogare (to ask), whose RG offshoots include ABROGATE, ARROGANT, ARROGATE, DEROGATE, INTERROGATE, INTERROGATEATIVE, PREROGATIVE, SUBROGATE and SUPEREROGE.

Words related to the Hebrew URGE should sound more compelling. [A]hR is aroused;  [O]aR means skin; [E]eRDTaiL is to strip naked; [A]ROOM is naked; [E]R[V]aH means genitals, pudenda or nakedness; and, reversing the two-letter root,  Rah[A]i[V] is hungry or craving – see RAVENOUS.

In German and Dutch, dringend is urgent, again reinforcing the probability that a nasalization and a Tsadi derivative should end this word.  Urgent in Hungarian is surgo.  This suggests that SURGE should not be at Indo-European “root” reg- 1 (to move in a straight line). No cognates have a fricative S. Instead, a scrambled LaK[H]ATS provides a fricative, liquid and guttural for SURGE. See SURGE. The Turkish and Danish words for urgent may be seen at ACCELERATE and HASTE.  Finnish urgent is pakottiva.  Reverse Hebrew and Jewish Aramaic TayKePH (immediately) to get the PKT.  The Syriac TKF cognate means “was urgent.”

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