Philip Newton (pne) wrote,
Philip Newton

The things you learn: Amen and emmen

Apparently, Hebrew Amen ("so be it") and Maltese emmen ("to believe") are related, both going back to the root 'mn meaning (in Hebrew, according to Wikipedia): to be firm, confirmed, reliable, faithful, have faith, believe.

(And Mammon may also be related, possibly from *ma'mon =? "security, deposit.)

Emmen is an interesting word in Maltese because it's one of the very few verbs of Semitic origin beginning with a vowel. (I'm not sure how many there are, but ISTR reading that there were only a handful.)

Tags: maltese, the things you learn
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