Warm and fuzzy words can get too hot. The partial entry:
ROOTS:The Indo European “root” amma (various nursery words) reflectsthe AHD’s belief that many words evolved from infant babble.
Thescientific law of entropy suggests that such words are the end, not the beginning,of the linguisticprocess.A new generation suspects that it is atheist academics doing the babbling, and that it is adults who give words to children.
Latin amare is to love.AMITY means friendship, derived from French amitie and Latin amare (to love) and amo (passionate love). AMITY means friendship, derived from French amitie and Latin amare (to love) and amo (passionate love).
More beloved vowel-nasal cognatesbelow. For "nursery" words, see "MAMA."
עמית[A]hMeeYT is a friend or associate (Leviticus5:21). Hebrew terms of friendly association like עם[E]eM (with, close to) andאםOaM or עם [A]hM (nation, people) connect to warmer, more passionate words likeחמד[K]HaMahD (to desire – Exodus 34:24) and חמד[K]HeMeD (desire – I Samuel 9:20.The desirous, forbidden fruit of Genesis 3:6 is from this חמד Het-Mem-Dalet.
Warm or hot חם Het-Mem feeling is seen in words like:חמה [K[HaiMaH (anger, burning fury – Deuteronomy 29:28), חמוץ[K]HaMOATS (violent man – Isiah 1:17), חמס [K]HaMa$ means violence, wrongdoing (Genesis 7:13 -- see "HAMSTER") or cruel hatred (Psalm 25:19).Hamas in Arabic, as in Gaza, means “zeal.”
חם [K]HaM is used for animals “in heat” – Genesis 30:39.
All this חם Het-Mem emotional warmth and passion comes from the physical Het-Mem heat ofחם [K]HahM (Genesis 18:1)). See “CALM.”
There is also positive ח-ם Het-Mem emotional warmth, as in חמל[K]HaMahL (to pity, spare – Jeremiah 15:5)and רחםRa[K]HeM (have mercy) -- see"CLEMENCY" and "MERCY."
It is therefore more complete to see HAMITES, the children of חם[K]HaM (Ham), as warm, not just as easily overheated.חום[K]HOOM, brown, is a warm color.
The נ-חNoon-Het sub-root and ourח-םHet-Mem sub-root combine to make a double-root word.נחםNaK[H]aM is to console oneself, to be comforted (Genesis 38:12). 1)נח Noon-Het is to rest (Exodus 23:12), cease (I Samuel 25:9) and to appease or calm down (Ezekiel 5:13). 2)חם Het-Mem is heat (Genesis 18:1) and חמהK[H]aiMaH ishot anger (Deuteronomy 29:28).Consolation is a resting, a cooling down from heated agitation.