Below is a sampling of the, ahem, “actual” letters we receive here at Heblish headquarters every day:
Dear Mrs. S.,
Help! Summer is here, and my kids are home all day. I love them dearly, but we don’t seem to speak the same language! Please post a new Heblish definition - so I can communicate with my children!
Thanks in advance,
Vexed on Vacation
You’re in luck, because guest blogger Malke submitted just the thing for you. Enjoy!
Dear Mrs. S.:
I gather that you spent two years in Israel as a child. Did you yourself speak Heblish? Perhaps this is the source of your
obsessionfascination with Heblish?
Wondering on the Web
Hmm. You may have a point.
You see, reader Yaffa (who recently spent a Shabbat with her lovely family here in TRLEOOB*) sent in the following classic Heblishism:
- Catch a place: Hebrew source – לתפוס מקום. English definition – Get a good seat. Sample usage - “I want to get to the party early, to catch a place.”
(BTW, Yaffa suggested that this phrase may actually be used colloquially in British English. Would any of my British readers - or those of you who are married to Brits - care to chime in?)
In any event, this entry brought back a long-repressed memory from my childhood:
- Is caught: Hebrew source – תפוס. English definition – Occupied; in use; taken. Sample usage - “It wasn’t our fault, because all the showers were caught.”
My brother and I couldn’t understand what caused our parents to burst out laughing when we explained why we were home so late from the pool.
And then, we were very surprised to learn that we weren’t speaking English…
Dear Mrs. S.,
A Heblish Fan
Funny you should ask, because just a few weeks ago, one of the Shiputzim kids was overheard channeling The Princess Bride:
- In a kitzur: Hebrew source – בקיצור. English definition – Briefly; in short. Sample usage - “If you don’t have time to tell me the whole thing now, could you please just tell it to me in a kitzur?”
In other words, let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up…
Thank you, everyone, and please keep those wonderful Heblish submissions coming!
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