Apparently, men and women began distrusting each other in prehistoric times and it is still going strong. Reason? Men were in denial of having promised girls to marry after sex. Sounds very current affairs and topical.
Three purely human and relatively advanced concepts appear to have been created because some men went back on their promises to girls.
The mono syllabic morpheme *NK means copulation. From this root ‘nkr’ (*NK+R) “to deny”. Because the verb is derived straight from the root, it may be obvious that the concept of ‘denial’ is associated with copulation.
Now it is possible that a girl would deny promising herself to a certain man, but it is more likely that men denied having sex with girls while their necks were under a stone dagger held by the girl’s father or elder brother. The opposite is unlikely since no girl is likely to be threatened with death because she told somebody she doesn’t like any more to bugger off.
Another derivative from the same root (*NK) is ‘nks’ (*NK+S) “to go back on a promise, a setback”.
A third is ‘nkb’ (*NK+B) “to inflict a calamity, to devastate”. This may look like a case where the girl got pregnant. All this talk about women being stoned for having sex is probably the talk of stoned men afraid their girls may run to the more handsome Roman soldiers. Until the advent of the trade era, some 6,000 years ago, women were supreme commanders of ancient societies. The root ‘m “mother’ is the same root for ‘umma’ “nation”, “imam” “leader”, ‘mal “hope”, etc. The problem for girls was inheritance. If the baby is not “legitimate’ he or she may just inherit earth.
You’ll like this: A fourth is ‘nkd’ (*NK+D). This word has a mountain of synonyms, for example: bad humour, fractiousness, fretfulness, grumpiness, ill humour, moroseness, morosely, peevishness, pettishness, petulance, crabbed, peevish, petulant, bad-tempered, quickly showing anger, irritable, anxious and complaining about small or unimportant things, complaining, annoyance, embittered life, trouble, unhappiness, vexation.
Last modified: September 1, 2017