Origin of English word WALK

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[RGL → W(R)-L-G → WLG]


walking, touring, spying out


WALK is said to come from Anglo-Saxon wealcan (to roll); the Indo-European base is walg; the alleged Indo-European “root” is wel (to roll).

For the ב-ל BH-L rolling terms see   בלל BaLaL (to ball up, mix up, roll together) at BALL. Humans wiggle but do not roll when they walk, so return to the Indo-European base walg. W words can derive from a Hebrew    ר Resh – see WASH, WEAK, WET, WOMAN, WREN and WRONG”.   Now switch the #2 and #3 letters of the Indo-European base walg, and WLG can be rearranged as WR-G-L or  R-G-L.

רגל ReGeL is a LEG (Leviticus11:42), but "legging it," walking, touring and spying out an area is the sense of רגל  RaGaiL inJoshua6:25 and elsewhere.

רגל ReGeL is a REGULAR,  RELIGIOUS (see REGULAR and “RELIGION”) pilgrimage festival where much of the nation legged it to Jerusalem.

WGL or (W)RGL also recalls the  WRIGGLE or WIGGLE in our WALK.  רגל   הולך   HoLeKH ReGel means to go by foot, or to walk.

Rather than the WL beginning of WALK, the LK second element seems more significant.   לך LaiKH means "go!" (Genesis12:1).   הלך HaLaKH (to walk) and four variants of the לך  LK "going" root appear inJudges4:8.   It is also possible to see WALK as combined WL “rolling” (of the Indo-European “root”) plus LK “going” (as in the older reconstruction, the Indo-European base). The AHD makes a WELL “of rolling water,” and WALTZ  (a rolling sort of dance) cognates of WALK. WL animals who seem to roll are the WALLABY and WALLAROO, kangaroos with native Australian names.


דרך   DaRahKH is to tread; דלג  DaLaiGis to skip or jump ;     דרג DaRahG   is to advance – see DEGREE. ; גלגול GeeLGOOL is rolling, revolving. An   לג LG  or liquid-guttural two-letter root emerges here, giving WALK many a Hebrew LEG to stand on.   עלה GHaLaH is (to go, go up – see ALLEY) can be read   גל GH-L, (L-G reversed). An L → R change can also recall Latin ire (to go). Besides the liquids and   ג G in ReGeL (leg), to get LEG, there’s the liquid-guttural in   ירך YeReK[H], meaning “thigh” (Genesis 32:33), haunch or ham (Ezekiel 24:4), shaft or shank ( Exodus 25:31) or side ( Exodus 26:27). 

Latin gradi (to step, walk) reverses דרך DaRaKH above. Chinese   ??  likai is to leave or depart;  lay hoy is the Cantonese ; Fijian lako means go; Maidu Indian wilek and ylek mean going fast; Malay laka is to go; Tagalog extends this to lakarin, and Japanese aruku is to walk.

More רך RK traveling at DIRECTION and VAGABOND.

Fernando Aedo notes four Dravidian (S. India) dialects where

the words for “go” or “walk” is o-r-g or k.

For an exotic Resh-to-W shift, there’s ר-ח-ק Resh-Het-Koof (far) appearing in Nawat (Amerind, El Salvador) as wehka    See VAGABOND.

Bible Verses

Joshua 6:25 ואת־רחב הזונה ואת־בית אביה ואת־כל־אשׁר־לה החיה יהושׁע ותשׁב בקרב ישׂראל עד היום הזה כי החביאה את־המלאכים אשׁר־שׁלח יהושׁע לרגל את־יריחו׃

“But Rahab the harlot, and her father's household, and all that she had, did Joshua save alive; and she dwelt in the midst of Israel, unto this day; because she hid the messengers, whom Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.”



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