- "a disorderly, confusing, and/or overwhelming situation" (Glinert)
- "The mall on Black Friday was a balagan!"
Languages of Origin
Yiddish, Modern Hebrew
Modern Heb בלגן (sometimes בלאגן) 'mess', Yiddish באַלאַגאַן 'mess'. Originally from a Slavic language: Polish bałagan 'mess, disorder'; Russian балаган 'farse'
Who Uses This
Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
accented on the last syllable: bala-GAN
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