Sunday, May 01, 2022
A reader asked about the word shidah שִׁדָּה, translated by Morfix as "dresser, chest of drawers." That seemed like an easy task ...
Tuesday, April 19, 2022
kodesh and kadosh
A reader asked me to write about the Hebrew words kadosh קדוש and kodesh קודש - generally translated as "holy" and "holines...
Monday, April 11, 2022
After writing about words deriving from the root פלג , a reader asked if there was a connection to the word pilegesh פילגש - "concubine...
Tuesday, April 05, 2022
folk, pelach and peleg
I recently finished reading John McWhorter's book Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold History of English . Throughout the book, ...
Sunday, March 27, 2022
ghoul and gorilla
The English word "ghoul" derives from Arabic. Here's the Online Etymology Dictionary entry for ghoul : 1786, goul , in the Eng...
Sunday, March 20, 2022
Last week on Purim we read the book of Esther, and next week we start the month of April. It turns out that Esther and April have more in co...
Tuesday, March 15, 2022
Several years ago, I wrote about the root gazar גזר - "to cut". After pointing out that it's not related to gezer גֶּזֶר - &...
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