nafke mine

Pronunciations

nafka mina (NAHF-kuh MEE-nuh) listen

Definitions

  • n. Practical difference.

Example Sentences

  • "So we could get on the Parkway or on the Turnpike--what's the nafke mine?"

Languages of Origin

  • Aramaic
  • Yiddish

Etymology

  • Aramaic נפקא מינה nafka mina 'lit. emerges from it', Yiddish נפֿקא־מינה náfkemine 'difference'

    • Who Uses This

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

      Regions

      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa

      Dictionaries

      • 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).

      Alternative Spellings

      nafka minah, nafka mina

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