A hue like the sea, the sky, grass, and trees, available for $14.90 per gram at Amazon.

Dec. 8 2022 12:01AM

Let us sing of rodomont, Sinon, proditomania, and, in particular, grobian.

Dec. 11 2019 12:01AM

Medieval and modern Hebrew are unusually rich in abbreviations, but in a manner that is the reverse of English.

June 13 2018 12:01AM

It’s because of demons.

April 5 2017 12:01AM

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

Sept. 14 2016 12:01AM

Three different words for the same Jewish head covering. Are they interchangeable?

Jan. 27 2016 12:01AM

The answer hasn’t always been clear.

Dec. 16 2015 12:01AM

How to translate the rabbinic term yetser ha-ra—and how not to.

Nov. 25 2015 12:01AM

It was widely reported this month that a professor in Texas had “decoded” the strange language spoken in Gulliver’s Travels. He did no such thing.

Aug. 26 2015 12:01AM

Philologos sets sail to discover the roots of the Yiddish word kayor.

Aug. 12 2015 12:01AM

And why we say it at all.

April 30 2015 12:01AM

Why do we Anglicize some names and not others?

March 11 2015 12:01AM

Does the English idiom “kiss of death” come from the story of Judas, or from the Sicilian Mafia—or both?

Feb. 11 2015 12:01AM