Origin of English word WRECK

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[V-R-KH → WRK]


To WRECK is to demolish, recalling BRK breaking words like פרח PaRaKH (to crush, demolish in Aramaic;  see Exodus 1:13,and  see BREAK.  Other bilabial-liquid-guttural destroyers are  בלע BaL[A]h (to destroy -- Psalm 21:10)  and  בלק      BaLaQ (to destroy -- Isaiah 24:1.).  Another way to bilabial-liquid-guttural WRECK is to reverse חרב  K[H]aRe[V], to destroy ) II Kings 2:23 ( .

Historically, however, WRECK is linked to breaking away, fleeing and expelling. WRECK and WREAK are traced to Old Norse vrek, Germanic wrakjon (pursuer, one pursued) and Old English wrecan (to drive, expel).

  ברח  BaRaK[H] is to flee (Genesis 31:22) . Only a guttural shift away,    פרח   PaRaK[H] is to fly, blossom forth  (Genesis 40:10), or to break out like a disease (Exodus 9:9).    See FLIGHT.

The hiphil   הבריח Hee[V]ReeYaK[H] is to cause to flee or "put to flight" (IChronicles8:13).   בריח BaReeYaK[H] (a fugitive) is echoed by Frankish wrakjo (an exile),  The built-in opposite of this escaping is the   בריח BaReeYa[H]K, a bar or bolt to prevent escape .  The opposite of  בר BahR as obstruction is seen in terms like בר BahR (open field, suburb – see   BARRIO) and  ברור   BaROOR (clear – see BARE ).


Listed cognates of WRECK include URGE (see URGE), WRACK and WRETCH. FLIGHT (FLG), FUGITIVE (from FGR etymons), and  פרח PaRaKH (to fly) are more distantly related.

Biblical פרח Pey - Resh-Het means to fly, burst forth (Genesis 40:10), or break out, mostly in the sense of an airborne plague (Exodus 9:9). Forms of this bilabial-liquid-guttural flying can be seen in the airplanes of the Germans (flugzeus) and Dutch (vliegtuig – see FLEET ). The R may have dropped from the Japanese fence: boheki.

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