Tuesday, January 18, 2011

And his hooks!

I already talked a bit about the unusual way Hebrew uses vowels . One interesting result of this is a special word, which I think is unique. That word is VEVAVAV, which means "And His Hooks". For example, you might want to say "The carpenter came here with his nails and his hooks", which would be "Hanagar Ba im masmerav vevavav". When written in Hebrew, it looks even more interesting...the word is spelt like this:
Yes! this is not a joke!
Each of the horizontal bars is the letter Vav (which doubles as the consonant V and the vowels O and U), and the short bar is the letter Yud (which doubles as the consonant Y and the vowels I, E and Y).

Isn't that incredible?

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