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"Bamidbar" means "In the desert" or "In the wilderness". But the root dalet/bet/resh also refers to speaking. Are the two related, and if so, how?

(This is not purely a grammar question. Is there a relation between God giving us the Torah in the wilderness and the act of speaking?)

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    Hoshea 2:16-17 appears to use the pun הַמִּדְבָּ֑ר וְדִבַּרְתִּ֖י alluding to Yisrael's exodus from Mitsrayim to receive HaTorah. – חִידָה May 10 at 20:01
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    Rabbi Sacks z"l - rabbisacks.org/… – Dov May 10 at 20:57

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