The habit grabs you by its hand!

In Sanskrit ‘gabhasti’ (गभस्ति) means ‘arm’ or ‘hand’. And ‘graabh’ (ग्राभ) means ‘to grab’.

The English word ‘grab’ is said to be derived from the PIE (Proto Indo European) ‘ghrebh’ which means to ‘ seize’. But that is the exact same word as the Sanskrit ‘graabh’ (ग्राभ) which, as mentioned above, means to ‘grab’! 

Not only did English emerge from Sanskrit, Proto Indo European IS Sanskrit. In other words, there never was a Proto Indo European other than Sanskrit which is the mother of all Indo-European languages!!

Now a look at the word ‘habit’. It is said to be derived from the Latin ‘habitus’ which means ‘condition’. The Latin ‘habitus’ it is believed derives from the Proto Indo European ‘ghabh’, meaning ‘to take hold’, but then ‘ghabh’ is just a shortened version of the Sanskrit (गभस्ति) meaning ‘hand’.

The Sanskrit ‘grab’ (ग्रभ) (not ‘graab’) also means ‘appropriation’ (of funds). It is from here that the Hindi word ‘gaban’ (गबन) is derived. Remember, Munshi Premchand’s famous novel ‘Gaban’ which was the story about misappropriation and embezzlement of funds by a young man!

Then there is Lithuanian where ‘gabenti’ means ‘to remove’ and Irish where ‘gabal’ means ‘to take’.


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