Origin of English word WAIL

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English Word

WAIL

Edenic Word

Ah[V]aiL

Hebrew Word

אבל

Transliteration

Aleph-Bhet-Lamed

Pronounciation

AH-VAIL

Conversion

[A-BH-L → WL]

Roots

Old Norse vala is to lament; but, loosing the L,  the alleged Indo-European “root” of WAIL is wai (alas!).

The Indo-European “root” is covered by אבו    A[V]OA (WOE! alas! - Proverbs23:29 – see   WOE). WAIL is more fully matched with   אבל   A[V]aiL (mournful),  אבל A[V]eL (mourning, sorrow – Genesis 50:10) and (הת)אבל  HiTABaiL (to mourn, lament).  The HebrewEnglishLexiconoftheBible translates the term to mean "grief, howling." The related cry of the יללה  YiLaLaH is at YELL and “ULULATION.”


Branches

The lament   א-ו-י Aleph-Vav-Yod,  (WOE, alas, the source of  Yiddish and Yinglish  OY) can also be read as AVI, AWOA or AWY. Cognates of WAIL at Indo-European “root” wai include WELLAWAY and WOE. HOWL should link up to this בל   Bhet-Lamed verb,  while the mournful OWL sounds like an אבל ABHaiL (mourner – Isaiah 61:2).   The Spanish OWL, buho, is from a similar word: בכה  BaKHaH (to weep or mourn – Deuteronomy 21:13 – see VOCALIZE for more owls.


Related Words

WOE



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