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Balashon Hebrew Language Detective
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chofesh and chovesh
A while back we talked about herut חרות - "freedom". But what about the similar word chofshi חפשי - "free" and the related chofesh חופש and chufsha חופשה - which originally meant "freedom" and today have the sense of "vacation, holiday" (the former being mo...

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chelek and chaklaut
A friend recently asked me a question about metathesis - the rearranging of letters in a word. Let's take a quick look at an example in Hebrew. The word helek חלק - "part, portion" derives from the verb חלק - "to divide, share" (according to Klein). He does...

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hasta and ad
Arnold Schwarzenegger has been in the news recently, so I thought I'd take a look at the first word of his catchphrase, " Hasta la vista, baby ". While  hasta la vista  is used to mean "see you later", the literal meaning in Spanish is "Until the (next) sig...

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kerach and kereach
It was frosty here this weekend, so I got to thinking - is there any connection between the homographs קרח kerach - "ice" and kereach - "bald"? Even Shoshan discusses the verb root קרח (as found in Vayikra 21:5), and says that the meaning is "to pull out ha...

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ketoret and nectar
The biblical word ketoret קטרת means "smoke, odor of sacrifice, incense." According to Klein, all of the forms of the verb קטר (meaning "to smoke, burn incense, etc.) derive from that noun, and literally mean "to produce ketoret ." Most of the words with th...

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seret and sirton
In Hebrew, the word seret סרט means "ribbon". Let's take a look at the history of the word, and some possible relatives. As Elon Gilad writes here , the word first appears in the Mishna and meant "strip (of fabric)". In 1892, Ben Yehuda revived seret to mea...

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partzuf and frum
There is a connection between the Hebrew word for face - פרצוף partzuf and the Yiddish word frum , meaning "religiously observant, pious." Let's take a look. Partzuf is a Talmudic word borrowed from the Greek prosopon , meaning either "face" or a mask that ...

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achsania
I found an old note of mine that said I should write about the word achsania - the Hebrew word for "hostel." Since the note was written in English, I initially assumed that the word was spelt with a chet , and was therefore cognate with the word machsan מחס...

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date and dekel
Here's a connection between two words that you might not have known. I don't have too much to add, but I found it really interesting. Klein has the following entry for the word "date" (fruit of the palm tree): Old French date (French datte ), from Old Prove...

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geves and gypsum
The Hebrew word geves גבס and the English word gypsum are closely related. Let's see how. In Hebrew today, you'll most likely hear geves used to describe a type of construction - drywall , used to form the interior walls of buildings, and for orthopedic cas...
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