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I came across a bizarre book by Prof Isaac Mozeson of Yeshiva U, The Word: The Dictionary that Reveals Hebrew Roots of English. He claims, for example, that "samurai" derives from shomer (guardian) and that "taboo" derives ultimately from Hebrew, not Tongan. Is this, as I suspect, complete nonsense? This reminds me of that silly book some years ago "The Bible Code" where it was "proven" that events such as the Oklahoma bombing were foretold in Biblical acrostics.
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I came across a bizarre book by Prof Isaac Mozeson of Yeshiva U, The Word: The Dictionary that Reveals Hebrew ... ago "The Bible Code" where it was "proven" that events such as the Oklahoma bombing were foretold in Biblical acrostics.

I take it Prof. Mozeson is not a professor of linguistics, English, or Hebrew at Yeshiva.
My first guess would be engineering.

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I came across a bizarre book by Prof Isaac Mozeson of Yeshiva U, The Word: The Dictionary that Reveals Hebrew ... ago "The Bible Code" where it was "proven" that events such as the Oklahoma bombing were foretold in Biblical acrostics.

There are people who play the same ignorant games with Turkish, Greek, and Swedish.
There was even an amusing portrayal in "My Big, Fat Greek Wedding" of a Greek immigrant so chauvinistic about his language and culture that he claimed that every word you can think of comes from Greek. A friend of his daughter's challenges him with "kimono". He looks up and to the side, thinks about it for a moment, and replies that the Greek word for "winter" is "chimona" /xi mo na/. And what do you wear in the winter? A robe! So obviously, "kimono" comes from Greek.  ...
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I came across a bizarre book by Prof Isaac Mozeson ... such as the Oklahoma bombing were foretold in Biblical acrostics.

Alas, Peter, according to his web site, he has taught "American Jewish Lit, Biblical Literature, Jewish Life Cycle, English Composition and Lit at Bramson ORT, Lehman College, New York University, Stern and Yeshiva College". His academic qualifications include a BA from Yeshiva College, MA from CCNY, and PhD(ABD) in English from NYU.
Yes, folks, complete nonsense can strike anywhere. Be warned.

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dVC is a lot more "ironic", though.
I was a bit stunned when, after reading the first chapter, I learned that Opus Dei really does use the cilice! And yet, I doubt they'd endorse Ouchy the Clown.
I take it Prof. Mozeson is not a professor of linguistics, English,or Hebrew at Yeshiva. My first guess would be engineering.

Alas, Peter, according to his web site, he has taught "American Jewish Lit, Biblical Literature, Jewish Life Cycle, English Composition ... and Yeshiva College". His academic qualifications include a BA from YeshivaCollege, MA from CCNY, and PhD(ABD) in English from NYU.

Us engineers are eternally grateful to you Ross for rescuing our profession from this vile slander.
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r> I came across a bizarre book by Prof Isaac Mozeson of Yeshiva U, The r> Word: The Dictionary that Reveals Hebrew Roots of English. He r> claims, for example, that "samurai" derives from shomer (guardian) r> and that "taboo" derives ultimately from Hebrew, not Tongan. Is r> this, as I suspect, complete nonsense? This reminds me of that silly r> book some years ago "The Bible Code" where it was "proven" that r> events such as the Oklahoma bombing were foretold in Biblical r> acrostics.
Did you see the film "My big fat Greek wedding", in which it is proved (AmE = proven) conclusively that "kimono" is derived from Greek.

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I was a bit stunned when, after reading the first chapter, I learned that Opus Dei really does use the cilice!

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I came across a bizarre book by Prof Isaac Mozeson of Yeshiva U, The Word: The Dictionary that Reveals Hebrew ... ago "The Bible Code" where it was "proven" that events such as the Oklahoma bombing were foretold in Biblical acrostics.

This is a fairly common view among sufficiently ignorant religous people. I know a rabbi who sincerely believes that Hebrew is the oldest language in the world, and the origin of all others. I've seen cites that claim that English has more words derived from Hebrew than from Latin. It goes on and on, and all with predictable goals.
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