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ad me'ah v'esrim

Alternative Spellings

ad me'ah ve'esrim, ad meah veesrim

Definitions

  • [may you/he/she live] "until a hundred and twenty" -- often used as a birthday wish for long life, or when mentioning a person who is getting on in years.

Example Sentences

  • "My aunt is 84." "Kenaynehara, ad me'ah v'esrim."
  • On his birthday, David's friends wished him "ad me'ah v'esrim."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish, Modern Hebrew

Etymology

עד מאה ועשרים

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

None

Notes

refers to the length of Moses' life. The parallel Yiddish expression - biz hundert un tsvantsik (yor) - is also used in Jewish English.

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