Veteran olim are aware that with a little bit of luck, you can find Heblish wherever you look.
For instance, not too long ago, I called a certain office - only to discover that they were closed.
But not to worry.
They had voice mail.
With a message in two (2) languages, no less.
And that’s not all.
Because to my delight – but to the detriment of the office’s professional reputation – the employee who recorded the message was not QUITE as proficient in English as s/he may have thought.
The Hebrew part of the message came first, and then the English instructed:
“Please leave a message, and we will come back to you.”
And, thus, the nameless employee behind the voice earned his/her 15 minutes of fame as the unwitting neologist who coined the newest Our Shiputzim Heblish-English Dictionary entry:
Come back to you: Hebrew source – נחזור אליך. English definition – Get back to you. Sample usage – See above.
Well done, Nameless Employee!