The derivations of the words cinnamon, ruthless, scapegoat, and amen
The Academy of the Hebrew Language has released a new set of words intended to help Israelis lean less on English. Will it catch on?
Seven thoughts on obscenity in honor of Carlin’s ‘Seven Words’
Because every Jew needs inventive language for situations involving anxiety, misery, disaster, melancholy, and your bubbe’s saliva
Hundred percent, as the Orthodox say
The Austin university last offered Yiddish language classes 10 years ago
As a Soviet Jewish émigré, I broke all ties to Russia and its language—or so I thought, until my daughter was born
Firgun is the ungrudging pleasure one takes in another’s good fortune, and there’s no English word for it
Kids are exposed to many loaded terms each day, from ‘gay’ to ‘Yid’ to the n-word. Some are OK to use, in some contexts, for some people. Some are not. How can we teach them which are which?
Reports of its death are greatly exaggerated
What the use of Yiddish phrases can tell us about contemporary American Jewry
Israel bans an Arab word, unwisely
The romantic, bumpy road to learning a new language
Since the American language was available to everyone, Bellow and his Jewish peers were determined to “use it with a certain spirit.”