Origin of English word WHOLESOME

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The word WHOLESOME is addressed in the entry: HAIL

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To HAIL is to shout in greeting, to name by way of tribute, or to salute. Middle English hailen is to salute. The etymology lapses to terms of health, such as Indo-European “root” kailo (whole, uninjured, of good omen).

 KoL is all and [K]HaYiL is health; see ALL and HEALTH.   QOALis voice (see CALL).  HeeLaiL is to praise (Jeremiah10:23); HaLiLOOYaH (HALLELUJAH) means "praise ye the Lord!" - Psalms146.


HALLOW is from Old English halgian (to bless, consecrate). Instead of the praiseworthy Hebrew etymons above, HALLOW and HOLY are linked to Indo-European kailo- where they are allegedly cognates of WHOLESOME and HEALTH. To HALLOO (shout) a HOLLER of HELLO or German heil is to HAIL –

see CALL.

A greeting’s blessing should be about the aquaintenc’s health – see HEALTH.  This may be why HAIL sounds like HALE (healthy).

 QeLe$ is praise, but HaQaiL is to belittle and  QaLeL is to curse (Exodus 21:17). This Koof-Lamed (guttural-liquid) term is the sound-alike antonym of our entry’s Hey-Lamed. It may also lead to the CR of CURSE (evoking wrath from a supernatural power), whose etymology is unknown. One guess is, appropriate enough, Late Latin coruptiare (to corrupt). CUSS is thought to be a corruption of CURSE or of “customer.”  Besides Ka’[A]$ and Ka’[A]S (anger, vexation), the Het-Sin of of the cursed, hissing NaK[H]aSH (snake – see SNAKE) are possible Edenic contributors to CUSS.  NiK[H]OOSH, sorcery, also recalls the magical power of cursing.     

The HAIL of HAILSTONES is traced to Germanic haglaz and to the Indo-European “root” kaghio (pebble, hail). The English term CHALAZA is not cited as a cognate, although it is from Greek chalaza (hailstone). The Indo-European “root” of CHALAZA and CHALAZION is gheled (hail). This takes us to Arabic galid (snow).

For a KGL (or KLG) term to match Indo-European kaghio (pebble), there's QeeLahGH ("slingstones"- Job41:20).

The Hey of HaLeL can go silent as well as harden. Irish aille, blessing, seems related.

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