When thinking about slang words and expressions in Modern Hebrew, most of the vocabulary items that come into mind are military jargon that entered the mainstream slang. But did you know that except for the army, there are numerous sources for slang expressions in Hebrew? Let’s learn some of them:
The Hebrew version of “cool”. Most of the time it is used for positive feedback and reassurance, but sometimes when it is uttered with the intonation of a question it can carry a cynical tone.
A big family. Mostly used when the big family gets together or lives closely. The word expresses the power of the group.
An expression of childish delight or cynical response, somewhat equivalent to “oh goodie”.
A nickname for redheads. the word is also used to described the special character attributed to redhead people – something between spicy and hot tempered.
Excitement, a superb feeling, when someone feels so happy he almost goes crazy.
A straightforward behavior. Especially used to describe people who talk in a painfully honest manner. It means “to tell one to one’s face”. This type of behavior is considered desirable among most Israelis.
לאכול את הראש
LE’ECHOL ‘ET HAROSH
When does one “eat your head”? When one goes on and on about something that sounds totally irrelevant to you and won’t leave you alone.