b'vakasha

Pronunciations

b'vakasha (bih-VAH-kah-SHAH)

Definitions

  • adv. "Literally, 'please'. It can be used in various ways, including "please go ahead" and at the end of a sentence as 'you're welcome'" (JPS).

Example Sentences

  • "If you want to hang out here after the lecture, b'vakasha."

Languages of Origin

  • Modern Hebrew

Etymology

  • בבקשה

    • Who Uses This

      • Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there

      Regions

      • North America

      Dictionaries

      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

      Alternative Spellings

      b'vakasha, bevakashah

Notes

  • בקשה bakashá (in Yiddish bakóshe) means 'a request', prefix ב be- means 'in'

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