For 24 years, Philologos has graced our pages with an erudite, engaging and often surprising column about language. He has decided to leave the Forward.
What if Israel wasn’t a Jewish state but a Hebrew state? Having one common language might help forge one Israeli identity — but not without some problems.
Being called ‘chicken’ is one thing but ‘chickenshit’ is quite another. Philologos explains why Benjamin Netanyahu got so upset when the diplomatic stuff hit the fan.
Harvard professor Steven Pinker didn’t coin ‘language maven,’ but he did more than anyone else to popularize the term. His new book brings Strunk and White into the 21st century.
The Gaza war has turned Hebrew into a battleground as ordinary Israelis adopt military euphemisms to describe everything from captured soldiers to the war itself, Gon Ben-Ari writes.
A group of right-wing Israeli lawmakers are proposing a bill to make Hebrew the sole official language of the state of Israel.
In the ‘Shemoneh Esreh’ prayer, the feminine form is used to address God. Might this be proof that the deity is female? Not so fast, Philologos explains.
A clothing maker claims his company name is the most beautiful word he knows. Philologos provides some other contenders for that title — like gossamer or even Far Rockaway.
Mel Bochner is obsessed with words — Yiddish ones, profanity, ethnic slurs. The artist is enjoying a colorful, and somewhat obscene, retrospective.