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The #Hebrew word for "independence" comes from a root for "strength," by way of the word "bone."
Let me explain. ʕṢM is the root of "strength, power, superpower, enormous," and also Etsem, "bone." I guess that meaning 1/2
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comes from the strength of bones.
This word also developed the meaning of "essence, self," bc bones are the essense of the body (as in, "in my bones", be'Atsmi = "myself"). Then came the word atsma'UT, "independence," i.e., reliance on oneself. 2/2
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(I wrote this in advance yesterday and now see @HebreWords has also tweeted about this today. Great tweet as well: )
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