bar minan


bar minan (bar mee-NAHN) listen


  • 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.

Example Sentences

  • "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
  • Aramaic


  • Aram. בַּר מִינַן 'outside of us' > Heb. בַּר מִינַן (idiomatically) 'may it not happen to us'

    • Who Uses This

      • Sephardim: Jews with Sephardi or Mizrahi heritage


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa


      • None

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