In yesterday's post, we briefly looked at the history of the Hebrew language, as well as introducing you to a few of our favorite Hebrew loanwords that have made it into the English lexicon. Today we're concluding our look at Hebrew with six more interesting loanwords. We've saved the best word for last.
|Nimrod holding a fawn.|
Pharaoh- The kings of Ancient Egypt were named Par'oh in Hebrew, which became Pharao in Greek and Pharaonem in Latin before making its way into the Old English lexicon as Pharon.
|Satan, Sin and Death by English painter William Hogarth|
Schmooze - When you do this, you're generally engaging in small talk with someone in order to get something from them, like a job or a promotion. The word comes from the Hebrew term shemu'oth meaning "news, rumors", and came to English via the Yiddish shmuesn meaning "to chat".
Schwa - We told you we'd saved the best for last! It turns out that everyone's favorite unstressed mid-central vowel, written [ə] in IPA, comes from the Hebrew word shewa, which literally translates as "emptiness". The English spelling comes from the German word Schwa.
If you know of any interesting Hebrew loanwords into English that we've missed, please let us know in the comments below, and include a definition.