|bar minan||(bar mee-NAHN)|
interj. Used when mentioning a tragedy or general calamity that one does not wish on him/herself or others. Also used as a follow up to the words "a Dio" when surprised by something scary.
"The poor man is all alone after his wife died in a car accident--bar minan."
Upon seeing a gigantic spider: "A Dio bar minan!"
Languages of Origin
- Textual Hebrew
Aram. בַּר מִינַן 'outside of us' > Heb. בַּר מִינַן (idiomatically) 'may it not happen to us'
- Sephardim: Jews with Sephardi or Mizrahi heritage
- North America
- Great Britain
- South Africa
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