Sunday, October 02, 2022
I was recently asked about the etymology of the word סְנִיף snif - meaning "branch," as in the branch of a bank or the local bra...
Sunday, August 21, 2022
taar and morah
In the Tanakh, there are two words for razor for shaving. The more common one, תַּעַר ta'ar , is found in five verses : Bamidbar 6:5, 8:...
Monday, August 08, 2022
gazam and higzim
'When discussing hiflig , I mentioned that while one definition is "exaggerate", that's not a use common in Hebrew today. ...
Sunday, July 31, 2022
hiflig and muflag
A few months ago, we discussed the root peleg פלג. I noted the following: The cognate פלג provides even more words. As with פלח, the root ...
Sunday, July 24, 2022
A reader asked about the etymology of אוֹלָר olar - "pen knife" - since Klein reports that the word is "of unknown origin....
Sunday, July 17, 2022
This is a short one, but I thought it was interesting. The Hebrew word for helmet, kasda קַסְדָּה (or in the Mishna , קַסְדָּא) comes from...
Monday, July 11, 2022
safsal and asla
One of the fun things when doing etymological research is discovering two related words, that you previously had no idea were connected, but...
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