- the world; the public
- a group of people
- "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)
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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