Chickenshit: The Sequel

By Philologos

Philologos admits that he is no stranger to profanity, and defends himself against critics, who argue that he misinterpreted what it meant when Benjamin Netanyahu was called ‘chickenshit.’Read More

At Least Six Degrees of Wisdom and Nuttiness

By Philologos

Philologos points out that not every rabbi is a ‘rabbinical scholar’ and not every rabbi’s pupil is a smart man. Did a Forward article muddy the Talmudic waters?Read More

Culture Dispute Is All Aramaic to Us

By Philologos

How seriously should we take the movement to create a unique identity for Israeli Christians? Philologos investigates the revival of Aramaic, the language of Jesus.Read More

Political Correctness Doesn’t Make Speech More Meaningful

By Philologos

Should we bend over backward to avoid using male-centric language? No, argues Philologos, because political correctness can sometimes get in the way of communicating properly.Read More

Philologos Takes On The Times and the Forward in Epic Hebrew Battle

By Philologos

The New York Times isn’t the only paper that can have a little trouble with Hebrew: Philologos takes issue with an article that recently appeared in the Forward.Read More

When Jews — and Everyone Else — Learned How To Have Fun

By Philologos

Why doesn’t any Jewish language have a word for ‘fun’? It’s not because the tribe doesn’t know how to amuse itself, Philologos explains.Read More

Is Operation Protective Edge a Mistake in Translation?

By Philologos

Mistakes in The New York Times suggest that you don’t have to be a Jewish newspaper to think that you know enough about Jewish languages to be excused from proofreading.Read More

Why the Hebrew Numbers Six and Seven Sound Almost English

By Philologos

The Hebrew numbers ‘shesh’ and ‘sheva’ (six and seven) sound similar to the English six and seven. Philologos asks if this is a strange coincidence — or has some deeper meaning.Read More

The Origins of Yiddish, Part Dray

By Philologos

Is it possible that Yiddish comes from Sorbian, a little-known Slavic language that is still spoken by a few thousand people in Germany? Philologos says it very well might have.Read More

Origins of Yiddish Are Anything But Understood

By Philologos

The origin of Yiddish was long thought to be an open-and-shut case for Jewish historians. But serious linguistic and genetic challenges have made it a much tougher call.Read More

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