Finding Similar Words with an Accordance Root Search

I wrote about the power of the INFER search in Accordance for finding similar wording, but sometimes a simple root search is all you need. Check out this example.

When reading Exodus 26 this morning, I came across ἀγκωνίσκους (small hinge, hook), and I knew that word looked familiar, but it’s actually a hapax. Why then does it looks so familiar?

Though this question concerns similar wording, we don’t need an INFER search find an answer. Two-finger clicking (or right-clicking) on the word and running a running a root search provides the answer.

Why did that hapax look familiar? Because already in this chapter we have seen six occurrences of the related word ἀγκύλη (ring, loop, hook).

If you now wonder how many different lexical forms are in this root search, you click the little pie chart at the end of the search bar and display the Analysis analytics.

It’s now clear that there are three lexical forms here: ἀγκύλη, ἀγκών, and ἀγκωνίσκος.

You see the Hebrew equivalents underneath each lexical form because my default Analysis display is set to show lexical forms first and then MT-LXX equivalents underneath. If I click on the gear icon in the Analysis tab, here’s what this looks like:

Now, it might have taken a couple hundred words and several pictures to explain this, but it only took a few seconds to actually click, run the search, and get an answer to my question.

If you are interested in other posts about Accordance I’ve written, just click the Accordance tab at the top of this page. I write about Accordance because, like other things posted here, it’s something I very much enjoy.