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CHAT: Omen (was Amen)

From:Andy Canivet <cathode_ray00@...>
Date:Wednesday, June 19, 2002, 0:30
>From: Dan Sulani <dnsulani@...> > > The Hebrew root aleph-mem-nun basically refers to >strength, especially along the lines of endurance and stability. >Thus, |amen| as an expression of confirmation >(ie "So be it! Let it endure like that!" ). > >
That makes a whole lot more sense - I had trouble believing there could be that much in between two wildly separate linguistic groups (IE & Semitic). The "So be it!" part also makes sense - I once spent some time with a group of Sufis - they often read poetry & scripture in both Arabic and in English. Whenever they translated "amen" into English, they always said "So be it!" Okay - so I have another question - call it a rhyming game I guess. Om may not be related to Amen, but Om + Amen reminds me of the word omen. Now that the amen problem has been licked - what's the origin of the word omen? Andy _________________________________________________________________ Join the world’s largest e-mail service with MSN Hotmail.


John Cowan <jcowan@...>