But they did not know that Joseph understood them, for he spoke to them through an interpreter. Gen 42:23
The primitive root.
Strong’s H3887 לוץ luwts, a primitive root meaning, “to scorn.” The ancient pictographs are lamed + vav + tsadey.
lamed ל = the shepherd’s staff, thus teach, yoke, to, bind
vav ו = the tent peg, thus add, secure, hook
tsadey צ, ץ = the trail, thus a man concealed, journey, chase, hunt
The parable the pictographs are telling is of authority (lamed) which hooks (vav) or ensnares covertly onto a path (tsadey).
The idea of interpretation comes from speaking in a foreign tongue, i.e. barbarously, according to Gesenius; thus speaking scornfully is to speak barbarously. The scornful tongue speaks with authority, whether it is true authority or not, in order to ensnare others onto his same path.