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Language

On the possible whereabouts of Ophir and Tarshish, and how to get there by ship from Palestine.

Aug. 24 2017 12:01AM

A new history of the language explains its remarkable survival.

March 30 2017 12:01AM

What we learn from the story of the Russian phrase shakher-makher, or wheeler-dealer.

Feb. 22 2017 12:01AM

Including the oldest one extant.

Ilana Tahan
Feb. 14 2017 12:01AM

A linguistic investigation prompted by a meal in Rome of carciofi alla giudia.

Feb. 8 2017 12:01AM

Created by an East European Jew disillusioned with Zionism and Hebrew, the language was meant to unite humanity in a spirit of brotherhood.

Dec. 7 2016 12:01AM

Why certain terms having to do with the basics of life are less prone to linguistic change than others.

Nov. 23 2016 12:01AM

Ludwik Zamenhof’s world language.

David Mikics
Oct. 31 2016 12:01AM

What nahagos, the casual term for “driver,” tells us.

Sept. 14 2016 12:01AM

Why the Hebrew word for “shaming” (as in “Facebook shaming”) should not be sheyming.

Aug. 10 2016 12:01AM

The simplest explanation.

Benjamin J. Noonan
June 14 2016 12:01AM

Spreading “anti-Yiddish.”

YIVO
June 10 2016 12:01AM

A centuries-old tale of complicated, ambivalent, and, sometimes, covertly intimate relationships between a largely anti-Semitic Christian society and its Jewish minority.

June 9 2016 12:01AM

From “nation” to “pagan” to “non-Jew.”

Marilyn Cooper
Dec. 11 2015 12:01AM