ma pitom

Alternative Spellings

ma pit'om, mah pitom, mah pitom


  • expression of surprise: What the heck?

Example Sentences

  • "To Jerusalem? 95 shekalim, please." "Ma pitom! Last time we paid 70 shekalim!" (Glinert)

Languages of Origin

Modern Hebrew


מה פתאום

Who Uses This

Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there


North America


The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

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