yemach shemo

Pronunciations

yemach shemo (yeh-MACH she-MOW) listen

Definitions

  • interj. "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

Etymology

  • 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

      Regions

      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa

      Dictionaries

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

      Alternative Spellings

      yemach shmo, yimach shemo, yemakh shemoy

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