Saturday, January 9, 2010

מאן MaEN and אמין AMeeYN, Yes + No, similar opposites

מאן MaEN (to refuse.. saying NO) is an antonym by metathesis of  אמין AMeeYN (to believe, accept, saying YES).
AMEN is an obvious borrowing, but AMENable means believable, acceptable.
German NO is a nasal shift away: NEIN.

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