oso ha-Ish

Alternative Spellings

oisoi ho-Ish, Oto Ha-Ish, oto haish, oto ha'ish, oso ha'ish

Definitions

  • literally "that man", an irreverent/euphemistic reference to Jesus of Nazereth

Example Sentences

  • "Christmas is the birthday of Oso Ha-Ish."
  • "There is a famous story about how a student in Rav Soloveitchik’s shiur was saying “Yeshu… you know, oto ha’ish…” and then Rav Soloveitchik interrupted, “What do you mean? Jesus?”" (http://www.the-daf.com/talmud-general-interest/bekhorot-2-saying-the-name-of-jesus/)

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish

Etymology

אותו האיש

Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

None

Notes

This phrase is used to refer to Jesus in several Jewish languages, including Yiddish, Ladino, and Judeo-Italian.

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