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8th-Aug-2007 04:06 pm
hebrew
I'm cracking up in my office. Because it's hot, the whole university smells like fart today, and course it is gorgeous outside. But, in I stay.

I remembered something that I found hilarious when I was taking first year Biblical Hebrew.

The Hebrew word for garment or clothing (and treachery, randomly enough) is בגד (beged).

I used to called being naked, being un-beged-ed.

Hey, it amused me...and several other students.

It's actually ערוה (ervah) for nakedness. :)
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8th-Aug-2007 05:32 pm (UTC)
17 C (63F). It's not hot in US terms, but I'm acclimated. This is the hottest it's been all year.
8th-Aug-2007 07:14 pm (UTC)
This made me laugh -- how to have fun with Hebrew.
8th-Aug-2007 07:25 pm (UTC)
The Hebrew word for garment or clothing (and treachery, randomly enough)

That's so neat. I can actually kind of see where that would come from -- treachery as disguise, etc. -- but I still love hearing about things like that, those little linguistic quirks that remind us how very differently things can be structured in other languages. I know Sapir-Whorf is kind of discounted by Srs Linguists, but I've always thought there was at least a grain of truth to the idea that there are distinct ways of thinking and perceiving associated with different languages.

And hey, good to know, as well. I think I've forgotten all the Hebrew I ever knew, most of which was in two camps (Biblical Hebrew and swear-words)... neither of which was very useful in a context where I might need to mention my clothedness or lack thereof. ;)
8th-Aug-2007 07:40 pm (UTC)
I'd never heard of Sapir-Whorf. (Well, until I went to Wikipedia just now.)
Does that mean I cans be srs leanguist? :)

No, nakedness doesn't come up terribly often. Heh.
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