Alternative Spellings

oylem, oylam


  • the world; the public
  • a group of people

Example Sentences

  • "I was just by a bunch of your chevre last Motzei Shabbos. Nu? Wanna tell the oilam?"
  • "The yeshivishe oilam doesn't watch TV (Weiser 75)

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish, English


עולם - world, public, audience

Who Uses This

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


North America


Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).


One contributor writes: After a game of Jewish Geography, you take a Snapchat selfie with the person/people in question to let your mutual friends know that you ran into each other, and you say, "Wanna tell the oilam?"

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