Origin of English word WEAK

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Edenic Word


Hebrew Word







[R-KH → WK]


The AHD's Indo-European “root”, weik (to bend, wind), is linked to Old Norse vikja (to bend). German weich (tender) is the etymon cited by Webster's.

Not VK but KV or  כפף KaFahF is to bend (Isaiah58:5).

רך RaKH or WAKH (with an R-to-W change seen several times here as the Cwazy Wabbit rule). רך RaKH means "soft" or "tender" or "weak,” as different Bible translators picture Leah's eyes in Genesis29:17. The term implies weak-(hearted) or faint-(hearted) in Deuteronomy 20:8 and 28:54.   The tender, vulnerability of young children and cattle is in Genesis 33:13, where   רך RaKH or WaKH is "tender."  More R-to-W shifts at WALK.


Cognates of WEAK at IE “root” weik include VETCH, VICAR, (VICARIOUS), VICE, VICISSITUDE, WEAKFISH, WEEK, WICKER and WYCH ELM. An extension of    רך Resh-Khaf/ R-KH is מרך  MoaReKH ("faintness" - Leviticus 26:36. Also defined "cowardice" and "timidity,"     מרך    Mem-Resh-Kahf, M-R-KH, might link up with Indo-European “root” mera (to delay). DEMUR, MORATORIUM, MORATORY and REMORA are all traced to Latin morari (to delay). מרי MiReeY (obstinate, resistant) might also be influencing the words attributed to the IE “root” mera.  Employing the   Cwazy Wabbit rule of Raish/R shifting to W (see OR  and NEW) , רך RaKH (weak, tender) is behind words like RICKETY and RICKETS.

German shwach (weak, thin) and Yiddish shvakh (weak) seems to use the Edenic Resh-Khaf.     The Resh’s R-to-L shift explains why Finnish lauha means mild, gentle and soft. Retaining the R, but softening the guttural is “soft” in Chinese:  roh.  Chinese “weak” is ruo.    Japanese yawarakai is delicate, tender .

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