🏷  Semitic pun spook name · name   —   by Gerry · Jul 2020 · 171 words

Spook names like Blum & Bloom, plus variants like Bloomberg & Blumenthal, likely have nothing to do with blooming or flowers, but may be a homonym pun with Latin velum / Greek belon / Semitic balam for “veil”. They could also be a translation pun with livlev for “bloom” & “blossom”, which puns with Levi, or all at the same time.

Latin, Greek, Semitic velum, belon = veil, curtain, muzzle

velum : the sail of a ship; a cloth, curtain, veil, awning — Latin (Wikt)

βῆλον belon : curtain or drapery; curtain in theater scene; veil, curtain — Ancient Greek (

Semitic balam = wrap up, silencer, muzzle

בלם blm balam : fodder-bag, nose-bag, muzzle; to muzzle, restrain — Hebrew (Jastrow)

בלם blm : to muzzle; to silence; to wrap up (?); to be amazed; to be stupefied — Aramaic (CAL)

בלם blm : to hold in, curb; held in, curbed, restrained, stopped, muzzled, checked; compressed; Arabic ’ablama (= he held his tongue, was silent). — Hebrew (Klein)

בלם blm belam : tied, mute; to put meat between bread, wrap up — Hebrew (Jastrow)

🏷  Semitic pun spook name · name