Some words you use on a daily basis happen to be rooted in the good old biblical language. Even “magic” words.
But what about that magic “Abracadabra”? Here’s a mind-blowing etymological explanation for one of our most popular hocus-pocus magic words. “Abracadabra” is the final result of the combination of two Aramaic phrases (Aramaic being itself a Hebrew-based language spoken by the Jews 2000 years ago, in which the Talmud is written) A’bra and K’dabra: A’bra means “I shall create from nothing” (as in our Latin creatio ex nihilo), and K’dabra, “as I speak.” It is an explicit reference to the creative act of the Word of God, as narrated in the book of Genesis … or at least that’s one popular etymology.
So, next time you see a magician, may it be in Vegas or elsewhere, keep your Aramaic/Hebrew at hand: if you can’t find out how the trick is done, at least you can tell them you know what “Abracadabra” means!
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