Monday, December 08, 2008

Oy, vay! That quintessentially Jewish expression is Greek?

M guai È il greco ed il latino vae Mi n D I Berachot 34 miseri noi clie dobbiamo morire

"Elementi grammaticali del caldeo biblico e del dialetto talmudico babilonese," pg. 105, by Shadal.

ii5 Alas an exclamation of pain or dread Greek ovai L vae irOi ib in Berach 31 woe unto us that we must die

At least "oy" is Hebrew. (link, etc.)

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