Philologos


How 'Gay' Lost Its 'Shtick' Over Time

By Philologos

Words are always changing and there’s no point in fighting ‘linguistic apostasy,’ a reader says. Philologos doesn’t entirely agree, especially when it comes to ‘gay.’Read More


How Yahweh Got Its Verbal Vibe Back

By Philologos

Yahweh is the hypothetical but widely accepted scholarly version of God’s sacred biblical name. This very old name has gotten itself some very new vibes.Read More


Is This Any Way to Name a Train Station?

By Philologos

Does the Russian word for central train stations come from London’s Vauxhall? Or from similar words in German and Yiddish? Philologos ponders the possibilities.Read More


President Confuses Jews and Janitors, Or Does He?

By Philologos

President Obama inadvertantly said ‘Jews’ when he meant to mention janitors. Philologos wonders if he really has wealthy Jewish donors on his mind.Read More


Ubiquitous Holiday Greeting Irks Some

By Philologos

Rosh Hashanah is done for the year. But two readers seek advice from Philologos about the proper grammar and usage of the well-known greeting l’shana tova.Read More


Virtuous Woman Worth Weight in Coral?

By Philologos

Neil Tuchten, a South African judge, asked about the well-known verse in the book of Proverbs: “Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.”Read More


Yom Kippur: The Fast of All Fasts

By Philologos

In Biblical times, the Yom Kippur fast was known as the fast. It helped mariners keep track of the seasons, especially since storms usually came later in the year.Read More


Happy Rosh Hashanah to All, No Matter What the Gender

By Philologos

Philologos offers a timely refresher on Hebrew’s feminine nouns. He explains when their plural takes the masculine ending and when they don’t, like shanot tovotRead More


A Honeymoon of Jewish Study

By Philologos

An upcoming Talmudic study period is described as a “bridal month,” or a honeymoon with the Torah. Our language columnist, Philologos, explains.Read More


Did Moses Have a Speech Impediment?

By Philologos

Was Moses a stutterer or was he simply unable to make certain sounds? Philologos investigates the Biblical clues to his ‘heavy toungue.’Read More





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