Hebrew Slang – “Me’a Achooz”

Me’a Achooz
Me’a achooz (Me’a = 100; Achuz = %, but pronounced “May-achooz) is a ubiquitous, multi-usage Hebrew slang term. It can be used to express agreement, understanding , or general well-being.
Examples:

– OK, so I’ll come pick you up at 9.
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Hebrew Slang – “Partzoof Tisha B’Av”

Partzoof Tisha B’Av
Partzoof Tisha B’Av means literally, a “Tisha B’Av face.” Tisha B’Av (9th day of the Hebrew month of Av) is the Jewish holy day on which we commemorate and commiserate over the destruction of both the first and … Continue reading

Hebrew Slang – “Pelephone/Nescafe”

Pelephone/Nescafe
Israel is in the top 20 of per capita cellular phone ownership in the world. Cell phones are ubiquitous there, even in restaurants and movie theatres. In addition, Israel proudly trumpets its contributions to the cellular phone industry (Motorola developed … Continue reading

Hebrew Slang – “Ya’ani/Ya’anu”

Ya’ani/Ya’anu
Both of these words, which can be used interchangeably, translate as “I mean/it means” in Arabic. They are used as interjections in common speech as one would use “like,” “I mean,” “that is to say,” or “in other words” in … Continue reading