pupil of the eye, apple of ones eye, any prized miniature that is the object of adoration and delight
ROOTS: 1. BABE and BABY
are dismissed by most authorities as imitative of baby sounds. The
"bow-wow" theory of word origins is weak because we have no dog words
that sound like bow-wow, nor words for "infant" that sound like
בבה BooBaH is a doll, derived from בבואה BaBHOOAH (a reflected, miniature image).
Both terms may be traced to בבה BaBHaH which infers the pupil of the eye, "apple of one's
eye," or any prized miniature that is the object of adorationand
delight - Zechariah 2:12.
A second, more natural etymology
involves the IMBIBER from mothers breast see PIPE.
The double B or double V BABY words around the world are
too numerous to mention, but Finnish babies prefer vauva while North American
Indians are partial to PAPOOSE.
ABHeeYBH is a green ear of corn or "baby" corn.
AiBH (youth, young sprout) became BABY just as ABH (father) reversed and
doubled to ABBOT and PAPA. The BABOON (from Old French babuin) and babah
(monkey in Malay: Sian) may have been seen as delightful, childlike creatures,
or as miniature images of people.
Double B or P terms of prized miniatures include BUB, PUPA,
PUPIL, and PUPPY.
BOOB, BOOBY, and (NINCOM)POOP demonstrate our tendency to
call foolish people BABIES. BA(M)BINO (baby) is a compliment in Italian, but bambo
(foolish, childish) is an insult. Without the diminutive suffix, an infant boy
or girl is a bimbo orbimba in Italian. (Still, a
nasalised BooBaH.) Affectionate terms for an Italian baby are also pupo
and pupa. The Italian shifts to a negative baby meaning with pupazzo
(one who is too easily manipulated, like a PUPPET.) [Helen Pomata]
More negative babies at MORON. Moro (baby) in
Modern Greek is a cognate of MORON. A NINNY (fool) can similarly be linked with
baby words like Spanish nene (baby) and nino (child), Chinese nan
(child) or Malay niana (child) - all of these are from Hebrew NeeYN
(grandchild, offspring see EL NINO). More Bet-Bet-Hey prized miniatures at
Websters has 41 PPE words. Words like PAP (nipple, teat), natures feeding
tube, and BOOB, were not included. T.V. has been called the BOOB TUBE. TV
watchers suck up popular PAP like BABIES who are BOOBIES (idiots). More on the
child as idiot equation at MORON.
Middle English pappe and Latin pappila,
whence PAPPILA, and PAPULE, mean nipple. Mothers pipe in nutrition,
and sucklings IMBIBE like BIBLERS at a BIBB (faucet). Most of these young
BIBBERS or BIBLERS need a BIB. The BABY or BABE is a suckling named for
his beber (drinking in Spanish ). The AHD has IMBIBE, BEVERAGE,
BIB, BIBULOUS and IMBIBE coming from the so-called Indo-European root po(i) (to
drink). They had no trouble linking Latin beber, to drink, to a source
requiring the same P/B bilabial shift. Among the decendants of Latin beber
(to drink), only Spanish and Portuguese have beber. The suckling
baby as drinker is established by Spanish bebe (baby) and beber
(to drink). A bebida is a BEVERAGE.
adds Fernando Aedo, also has biberon (baby bottle to suck), emparpar
(to soak), papar and papear (swallowing, eating see PAP below).
The noun and verb of slobbering saliva in Spanish, baba and babear,
also evoke the BABYs inelegant IMBIBING. The French, Italian and Romanian
words for drinking only have one B, like the earlier Edenic word, recalling
the first curious child who used a plucked swamp reed to blow out or drink in
water as with a drinking straw. An Indonesian imbibes with his lips, bibir,
similar to the Tagalog mouth: bibig.
Back to the IMBIBING BABY or the Algonquian PAPOOSE,
sucking in soft food either from a natural or man-made ABOOBH (tube… breast or
bottle), the AHD feels that PAP (mushy food) is a baby-talk root. Latin pupus
and pupa, boy and girl, and the derivative PUPIL sound older than
BABIES, but they too are fed PAP and POPPYCOCK in school as if they were PUPA
(baby bugs). The BABOON doesnt suckle any more than newborn chimps, but its
doglike muzzle makes it look like a suckling baby.
The Edenic double-bilabial etymon here is אבוב ABOOBH, a
hollow pipe or tube derived from jointed reeds or knotgrass, an extension of
AiBHeH (reed - Job9:26). NiBHOOBH is hollow (Exodus27:8).
See BOOBY; much more at
Zechariah 2:12 כי כה אמר יהוה צבאות אחר כבוד שׁלחני אל־הגוים השׁללים אתכם כי הנגע בכם נגע בבבת עינו׃
For thus saith the LORD of hosts who sent me after glory unto the nations which spoiled you: Surely, he that toucheth you toucheth the appleof his eye.
For so says Jehovah of Hosts: He has sent me after glory, to the nations who stripped you; for he who touches you touches the pupil of His eye. Alternate versions: Zechariah 2:8 (MKJV)