Ploni

Alternative Spellings

Plony

Definitions

  • An anonymous placeholder name, like "John Doe;" So-and-So.

Example Sentences

  • "If I'm holding the tallis with one hand, and Ploni is holding it with the other, and we both claim it's ours, how does one decide to whom the tallis belongs?"

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew

Etymology

Hebrew פלני 'ploni.'

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)

Dictionaries

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Notes

Often part of the phrase, פלני אלמני Ploni Almoni (same meaning), which comes from the book of Ruth, "He called, “Come over and sit down here, So-and-so!” And he came over and sat down." (Ruth 4:1, NJPS)

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