Origin of English word VITA

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The word VITA is addressed in the entry: VITAL

English Word


Edenic Word


Hebrew Word







[WR- H-T → VT]


The Indo-European “root” for VITAL (energetic, essential for life) is the unlikely g w ei (to live – see HYGIENE and “VIVID.”) French vite means “quick,” and “quick” means alive. The immediate sources in Old French and Latin are vitalis, butwhen only Latin vita, life, is cited, we lose the “quick” VITALITY of the etymology.

To get to the ultimate Edenic origin with better sense and sound, we will have to see how   ר   Resh/R can be WR, then just W or V – see NEW.  The RT source of  VITAL is רהוט WReeHOODT, hurrying, from a Semitic root seen in Aramaic רהט RiHaDT (he ran).  The ר-ה-ט Resh-Hey-Tet words in Genesis (30:38) and Exodus (2:16) refer to the flowing of water, a related kind of “running.”  This ר-ט  Resh-Tet watery running . allows us to speculate that WATER may be VITALLY related.

Akkadian ratu is also about drinking water, while E.D.K. feels that our  ר-ט   Resh-Tet words are close to  רץ   RaTS (to run – see ROTATE).


VITA, VITALS and VITAMIN are about life, while VITE is a musical instruction to go quickly. This is from the French, where vite is fast and vitesse is speed.  Perhaps the book title, The Quick and the Dead, will remind some how “quick” means “alive.” In Spanish most VITAL words are VT, but life, vida, displays the ט  Tet/DT as D. For “life,” Italian is vita, Rumanian is viata, French has shrunken to just vie, while the Portuguese is vida.  Japanese awatadashii (bustling, hurried) and awatemono (hasty person) are also quick  ר Resh (to WR or W)-Tet hurrying words.

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