Semitic

67 entries

For millennia, Semitic languages have been used as a lingua franca in official & secret empires: The ones I analyze here are Hebrew, Aramaic (Old Aramaic & Syriac), Arabic, Akkadian (Assyrian & Babylonian), and Phoenician. Since all these Semitic languages are very similar in their vocabulary, and the word roots are usually the same, I tag entries simply as “Semitic”.

Please read the general introduction to puns.

Aces & eights

as numbers pun with “hidden leaders”, and as numerals with “show”

Al-Qaeda

puns with “the leaders”

Armstrong

seems a pun-translation of Israel meaning “godseed”

Ashkenaz

means “hidden person” or “finance person”

Atlantis

puns with “unnoticed” & “hidden”

Bees

pun with “leaders”

Dagon

means “fish” & “cloaked”, and wears a fish cloak

Esther

means “hidden” & “veil”

Fasces

mean “breaking” & “alotting”

Haman

puns with “the crowds” & “the masses”

Honey

may have been a synonym for “bee”

Houdini

puns with “leader”

Introduction to punnery

using admitted examples

Isaac

puns with “playing” & “mockery”

Ishtar

means “privities”, and is therefore nude

Israel

puns with “descendants of lords” & “godseed”

Jagiellon

means “highest aristocrat”

Jew

means “leader” & “majesty”

Joseph

means “debt” & “forgery”

Joseph’s story

Kimball

seems to be the Phoenician name “Kim-Baal”

Kohen

means “priest”, but also “stationed ruler” & “enrichment”

Komnene

is a pun with “hidden” & “lurking”

Levi

means “moneylender”

Livingstone

is a variant of Levi

Loewenstein

is a variant of Levi

Malcolm

puns with “secret governor”

Maria

is the female form “lady” as in “lord”, and puns with “imitation”

Mitsraim

means Egypt, but is spelled like “the slaves”

Mordecai

may pun with “legal master” & “feigning innocence”

Morgan

means “hidden leader”

Morris

means “from the top”

Newton

translates as “Carthage” in Phoenician

Nixon

puns with “wealth”

Noah

means “leader” & “eminency”

Noah’s story

is a punny parable about “leaders”, “fame”, “delusion”, and the cursed “truth”

Number 1

puns with “leader”

Number 33

seems to pun with “government agent” & “fake death”

Number 47

puns with “for deceiving” in English

Number 6

puns with “opposition” & “Satan”

Number 8

puns with “hidden”

Osama bin Laden

puns with “produced violence”

Ostrich hiding its head

is a pun with “hide-head” and “hidden leader”

Philistines

puns with “investigation” & “detection”

Phoenician

means “finance” & “fraud”, derived from “exchangers of accounts”

Phoenix

puns with “double-neck”, “curved-beak”, “returned-life”

Prows with horse-heads on Phoenician ships

may be puns with the word “Phoenician”

Punny names of Phoenician gods

all have nasty hidden meanings

Purim

is about masking, and puns with “cloaking”

Rice

puns with “head” & “boss”

Rose

puns with “head” & “boss”

Samson’s riddle

has the solution “hidden leaders”, written like “lion & bee”

Semitic word root √dbr

has the basic meaning of “following”

Semitic word root √kpp

Semitic word root √kpr

has the basic meaning of “covering”

Semitic word root √mlk

has the basic meaning of “counsel”

Semitic word root √nks

Semitic word root √pn

stands for “curving”, “turning”, “changing”

Semitic word root √spr

Semitic word root √špr

Semitic word root √ṣbˀ

Shapiro

means “governor”

Shoes

pun with English “show”, with Hebrew “disguise”, and appear on fake event photos

Springer

is a translation of “Phoenician”

Star as “veil”

is a pun of the word star with the word for “veil”

Tree of Life

puns with “tree of families”

Vashti

puns with “exposed” & “disgraced”