When it comes to making an emphatic point, Israeli Jews often reach for Arabic. From telling someone “Let’s go,” (“Yalla”) to expressing surprise (“Walla!”) Arabic is a part of daily speech for Hebrew speakers.
As bagels have spread far and wide, it has become slang for many things. Some stem from the zero that the baked product resembles — and we won’t mention the rest.
“Tweet”, “dad dancing” and “geekery” are three of more than 1,200 new or revised words in the latest version of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) released on Friday.
When stodgy Philologos read President Obama’s vow to ‘have Israel’s back,’ he didn’t know what the term meant. So he hunted for its meaning anywhere he could.