The once very common but long forgotten word harttron is another word for morning and dawn, but entails much more than these two and their sum.


In early Greek the words life and light had the same meaning, while the derived word haart stood for ‘life giver’. Thus upon using this magnificent word, you would not only state this morning’s fact, but you would also consider your life, your awakening as joint with the universe’s awakening, your life as part of a major whole, a major ongoing force.

Why this word?

 It is very rarely, if ever, that we ask ourselves where or when something had begun. Naturally, we live at times in which the past, the present and the future are comfortably situated at our fingertips- all we need to do is locate the correct website (probably using Google search), and there we have it. These days we come up with new words to describe new human inventions, however, it wasn’t always like this. When human language began its never-ending formation process, humanity’s first task was to name everything that had already surrounded it. Try to imagine a tribal, collective, thought process without words! As strange as it may sound, we did that too, and probably did it very well; as after all, we are here today to talk about it.

You’re probably now thinking “what does history have to do with modern language?” I’ll give you my take on it. Think about communication. While creating and using nothing but ‘necessary’ words (such as eat, drink, sleep, bull or sheep)real conversations could not take place. We could recap today’s events and maybe plan the next day, but we couldn’t really practice thought, practice leading to mental evolution. It was only later on, when nature became a smaller threat, when existence was an easier task, that humanity took the time for in-depth observations, the observations that set the grounds for language as it is known to us today. Nowadays, a very small portion of world’s population deals with profound observations, most of us are back to using habitual words, even when describing these observations. I think that knowing things is nice, but only thinking will lead to our future evolution.

Let us then take a look at the evolution of thought! We now know that life cannot exist without light, we only know it because someone thought about it and understood it. Our knowing minds use the word morning, to describe a beginning of our day, we use the more picturesque word dawn, to describe the beginning of the universe’s new day as ‘morning’ had long ago turned into a relative term.. These days we state facts. Morning. Dawn.

How to use harttron?

 The real beauty in forgotten words lies in the mere fact that there are only a few people who will correct you if your wrong. When meanings are derived from dead languages our main fulcrum is its lexical category, a noun in this case. You can use it in any way that feels right!

Personally, when I wake up in the morning and it is me and me alone, idleness and inactivity are easy and appealing. When I wake up considering my joint awakening with the universe- I feel like doing, thinking, accomplishing and achieving.

Blessed harttron to us all!


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Written by Victoria Sheinkin

Victoria Sheinkin is a writer, content editor, translator and chief editor for Speaking three and a half languages, she holds two BAs from the Tel Aviv university- Communication and jounalism, English literature and linguistics.


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