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If the etymology of all English words could be traced with onomatopoeia, the study of word history would be quite easy. The truth is that while we are quite certain that onomatopoeia plays a part in English etymology, there are substantial limits to its role. Concepts like light and love have no real sounds.

Before we formed language, humans had a way of communicating. Our pre-speak communication method was pre-existing body/sign language. The roots of L-words trace back deep into prehistory, to the time of pre-existing body/sign language. To understand this, we have to bring ourselves back in time over 100,000 years and imagine we are living amongst the first speakers.
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Believe it or not, you will soon see how the two above but(t)-words, the conjunction and the backside, are related in meaning. To figure out the etymological connection between but and butt, we shall have a look at another but(t)-word: BUTTON.

What do all three but(t)-words have in common, besides their sound? The answer is not obvious, but once revealed, rings true. BUTT, BUT and BUTTON share the same functionality. A button is something that you can use to open and close a garment. I am going to get a little physical here, but…that is essentially what a butt does for someone. It closes and opens, right? And in sentence structure, the conjunction BUT serves to close one thought and open another.
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One of the first words young Hebrew students learn is sheket (quiet), as their teacher tries to control a classroom of five-year-olds. The SH-prefix in the Hebrew composite word sheket is the universal CLC word for “quiet”. (sheket ⇔ shhh ⇔ shush)

The –ket in skeket is parallel to the English word “quiet”. Sheket decodes as “shhh… be quiet”. The –ket suffix is a C sound word which communicates closure in CLC. “Shush“, “quiet” and “sheket” all make CLC sense in that they imply “mouth closure” and a small or slight sound.
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