Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Say CHEESECAKE

Shavuot, Feast of Weeks, is here. Say CHEESECAKE. Sure it's a holiday of learning Torah and celebrating Sinai (Revelation). But the customary cuisine has been dairy, with cheesecake a favorite dessert.

MILK is from the verb of MILKING, squeezing, an obscure Biblical word מלק MaLaQ.

CHEESE is hardened milk. Hard is קשה QaSHeH. Hearing CHEESE is easier in Spanish ( queso).

An Edenic cake is a ככר KiKaR.

I add one more sweet entry,

DULCE(T) DeQeL Dalet-Koof-Lamed
DECK-el דקל [DKL  DLK] ROOTS: DULCET (pleasant) music played on a DULIMER is from Latin dulcis, sweet.
The alleged IE “root” is dlk-u (sweet).
Literacy and agriculture was developed in the Middle East, say contemporary scientists, so that words related to taste and foods are most likely from the Fertile Crescent. The first sweetener was the date. The date palm is דקל DeQeL, DLK after an M132 metathesis. דקל DeQeL does not appear in writing until the Babylonian Talmud, but the Babylonian (now Iraq) home of the date palms named the חדקל [K]HeeDeQeL (Tigress River) of Genesis 2:14.

BRANCHES: DELICACY is from Latin delicere (to delight - no IE “root” is known). Other likely DLK derivatives of Semitic DQL include: DELICATE, DELICATEESSEN, DELICIOUS, DELIGHT, DULCIFY, and DULCIMER. The AHD adds GLUCOSE, GLYCERIN and LICORICE as cognates of DULCET via Greek glukeros, sweet. The L and K of the Greek make it possible that Edenic DeQeL is the source, but the G replacing a D is now a mystery.
DLK-from-Edenic-DKL words of “sweetness” include: Italian dolce, Rumanian and Spanish dulce. The L was dropped in French doux and Portuguese doce. In Slavik the Edenic DKL in changed by an M313 and an added initial S to sladky (Czech), slodki (Polish), sladki (Russian) and sladak (Serbo-Croatian). In Uto-Aztecan taka is fruit. Other languages reverse and spin off Edenic דבש D’BHaSH (date honey) for “sweet” – see “SWEET.”
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