Thursday, January 22, 2009

Sourcing The Definition

"AMERICA" is derived through the legacies of Amerigo Vespucci : Root:
  1. Americus : Amaliricus : work-power
  2. Haimirich ['ruler of the Home', from 'haim' (home) and 'rich' (powerful)] :
  3. Heine : "The name comes from "Heinrich" (English: Henry) or the Hebrew "Chayyim" (life).
  4. "L'Chiam : To Life : ""Chai" is the Hebrew word for "life". According to Kaballah, the name Hayim helps the person to remain healthy, people were known to add Hayim as their second name to improve their health. In the United States, Chaim is a common spelling; however, since it is not phonetic, Haim or Hayim are often used as alternative spelling. "Ch" spelling comes from Yiddish as in Chanukah, Channa, etc., which can also be spelled as Hanukah and Hannah. It is cognate to the Arabic word حياة (ḥayāt), with the same meaning, deriving from the same Proto-Semitic root.
    L'Chaim in Hebrew is a toast meaning "to life". When a couple becomes engaged, they get together with friends and family to celebrate. Since they drink l'chaim ("to life"), the celebration is also called a l'chaim "

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