Wednesday, March 22, 2023
pakach and pikuach nefesh
In a recent episode of his great podcast Streetwise Hebrew , host Guy Sharett reviews words deriving from the root פקח. He discusses the me...
Tuesday, March 14, 2023
cumin and kimmel
The connection between the English " cumin " and the Hebrew kamon כַּמּוֹן (often pronounced today kamun כַּמּוּן) is broadly ac...
Sunday, March 12, 2023
cadmium and kedem
The chemical element cadmium has an interesting etymology. Here's what the Online Etymology Dictionary states: bluish-white metallic e...
Tuesday, March 07, 2023
another email test
Thanks again for your patience as I test the email subscriptions once again. Since today is Purim, I thought you might enjoy a link to all o...
Monday, March 06, 2023
more changes for email subscribers
For those that remember, about two years ago I had to change the service to provide email subscriptions to Balashon. Well, it turns out th...
Sunday, January 08, 2023
What is the origin of the Talmudic word דְּיוֹקָן deyokan ? In rabbinic literature it meant "image, likeness", and today, in moder...
Sunday, January 01, 2023
persimmon and afarsemon
I was listening to an episode of The History of English Podcast , and I was surprised to hear "persimmon" included in a list of wo...
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