TUM(ULT) TeHOAM Tahf-Hey-Vav-Mem
ROOTS: TUMULT is initially from Latin tumultus (commotion). The American Heritage Dictionary (AHD) has no Indo-European (IE) “root,” so it is likely from a Semitic TM root meaning something like “chaos.”
תהום TeHOAM is rendered “abyss, deep sea, primeval ocean” by E.D. Klein. In it’s TUMULTUOUS context in Genesis 1:2 , the תהום TeHOAM is certainly part of the Timat “unformed and void” that is to become orderly with the commands of a Creator.
In Babylonian and other ancient Semitic creation myth the goddess behind creation is TIÂMAT,
the monstrous personification of the sea (as in the definition of תהום TeHOAM above).
Hebrew תהום TeHOAM is an established cognate of Akkadian tamtu and Ugaritic thmt, and Sumerian TIÂMAT legend goes back to Ebla.
Designed TM antonyms of this unformed chaos before the Creation of time are תם TahM (finished) and תם ToaM (complete, perfect). See “TIME.”
HUM is dismissed as echoic, but הום HOOM (confounding confusion — also Deuteronomy 7:23) suggests more than HUM as “low, wordless droning.”
HUMMINGBIRDS make no noise. They, and busy marketplaces, HUM with activity. Arabic hāma means “frantic.” Arabic tihāmah means “depth, abyss, sea.”
The roiling, chaotic, unformed, even monstrous primeval sea or תהום TeHOAM must have been humming with tumult.
Yiddish tumlen, to make a racket, is the given source of TUMMLER (entertainment director who incites guests). German Tumult means a riot and (a noisy) uproar; German tummel is about hurrying and romping, but not with an emphasis on noise.