Thomas Klein wrote:
i don't have a definitive answer, if there is such a thing, but the root of
MALAMUD is the word "melamed", which means teacher (usually of children) .
it could shift in pronunciation, but i would guess that BALAMUT, assuming an
ashkenazi, yiddish-speaking environment, would more likely be formed from
"ba'al amud" or "ba'al amot", meaning man of status or means or values.
Close enough, Tom.
Balamut in Russian means a troublemaker.