yemach shemo

Alternative Spellings

yemach shmo, yimach shemo, yemakh shemoy


  • "may his name be erased", appended to the names of evil people such as Haman and Hitler

Example Sentences

  • "This is the greatest revenge on Hitler, Yemach Shemo..."; or "The Hungarian police, yemach shemam, came for my grandfather." (from website)

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish


Heb ימח שמו yemákh shemó, Yiddish ימח־שמו yemakh-shmóy (plural ימח־שמם yemakh-shmóm)

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education


North America


Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

Edit     See something you disagree with? Feel free to edit it. All changes will be moderated.