ROOTS: The dictionaries don't know where PERK came from, but one theory is "probably from Old Norman French perquer (to perch):"
Perching is too sedentary for the PERKY (spirited, jaunty) senses of the word.
PERK is "to raise, as the head, briskly or spiritedly."
פרע PeRaGH is a verb of spirited behavior, rendered "broken loose" in Exodus32:25.
It literally (and thus figuratively) means letting the hair down in Ezekiel44:20 or "unrestrained" in IIChronicles28:19.
BRANCHES:פרקPaRaQ (to throw off, free) and evenפרחPeRaK[H] (flower) are related. See "FREE" and "FREAK."
(HI)-FREEG ____ ___הפריג________[PH-R-G à FRK]
ROOTS: The dictionaries, in a FREAK (unusual) display of candor admit "origin unknown" for this one.
The FRK Biblical Hebrew terms at "FREE" will do well to match the capricious, whimsical and disordered connotations of FREAK. Abnormal behavior, as in the slang phrase "to FREAK OUT," is precisely the kind of abrupt, emotional change of mood in the Aramaic verb
לפרקיםL’FRaQeeYeeMmeans "on rare occasions."פרועה PaROO[A]H means unrestrained and disorderly, but also a more FERAL wildness –see “FEROC IOUS.”
After the Golden Calf(Exodus 32:25) , Moses sees that the Israelites are FaRooGHah, פרעPey-Resh-Ayin, “broken loose,” later in JPS “out of control.”See "BREAK" and "PERK."
פרעPaRooGHah, akin to FRK, is translated as “unbridled, unruly” by Harkavy, and B-Y cites extensions meaning riot, to plunder and to cause disorder. Riotously loose hair, the פרעPeR[A]h of Numbers 5:18 (related to PILIFORM, hairy, PL words at “PILE”) can be a good FREAKY.
But a FREAK outbreak of rioting isbad and FREAKISH, like the outbreak of disease:פרח PeRaK[H](Leviticus 13:12 – see “BREAK”).
We may thus see פרעPey-Resh-Ayin as theפרPey-Resh sub-root of spreading and breaking out seen in words likeפרדPaRaD(to spread, see “SPREAD”) and פרץ PaRaTS (to break forth, breach, see “BURST”), with the רעResh-Ayin of bad behavior seen at “WRONG.” (Al L. Ansley)
BRANCHES:It’s daringly non-conformist, even FREAKY, to be FRANK. FRANK is from Middle Latin francus (free, at liberty). The word is nasalized, but is a fine semantic match for פרעPey-Resh-Ayin seen below at “FREE.”
ROOTS: The so-called IE “root” of FREE is pri (to love).The FREEDOM of free love is a nice 1960’s fantasy, but Anglo-Saxon freo means “not in bondage.”
פרע PHaRoo[A]h or PaRoo[A]h is unrestrained or "broken loose" in Exodus32:25. The term is rendered "threw off constraints" in IIChronicles28:19.
The Ayin ofפ-ר-עPey-Resh-Ayin, as usual, can be a vowel, likeFRE, or a guttural, likePR-GH. פ-ר-ע Pey-Resh-Ayinis therefore related to both פרקPaRaQ (to free, untie, loosen, save, brake off a yoke--- Genesis 27:40 ) andפרא PeReEh (wild - Genesis16:12).
The פ Pey or פ-ר Phey-Resh / P(H)-R subroot indicates breaking out or spreading forth in scores of Hebrew words – see “BREAK,” “FREAK,” "FRUIT," "SPARROW," and "SPREAD."
BRANCHES:Germanfrech is impudent, brazen, fresh . From the German we can see that this unrestrained, FRESH, FREAKY behavioris from Pey-Resh-Ayin ( a guttural, not a fricative like SH.)
A breaker of the national yoke of repression is a savior. By Daniel 4:24 פרקPiRaQ means to deliver or redeem.On Sabbath mornings Jews pray that a פרקןPaRQahN (redeemer in Aramaic) will come to rescue them. They are not invoking Rev. Louis Farrakhan, whose surname means “redeemer” in Arabic.
While their loving definition may be way off, some of the AHD’s cognates for FREE may be valid:AFRAY, FILIBUSTER, FRIEND, FRIGG (Odin’s loving, or unrestrained, wife) and her day: FRIDAY and SIEGFRIED.
Edenecist Al. L. Ansley notes thePHYRGIAN hat is a symbol of freedom, especially in French Revolutionary and Masonic art. The P-R-guttural name of PHRYGIA comes from the Greek Ipirycs (freemen).So these are from our פרעPhey-Resh-Ayin root of freedom.