Some ‘tasty’ Hebrew slang expressions
When thinking about slang words and expressions in modern Hebrew, most are military jargon that entered the mainstream slang. But did you know that except for the army, the kitchen is also an abundant source for slang? There are quite a few Hebrew slang phrases that were inspired by food products and eating. Let’s learn some of them:
An expression of childish delight or cynical response, somewhat equivalent to “oh goodie”.
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.
Given that ROSH is “a head” and GEZER is “a carrot”, you can guess – this is a nickname for redheads.
Another nickname, but in this case it’s a sheer insult. The literal meaning is “cabbage head” and it means “not so smart”.
Like many modern Hebrew slang expressions, this one is a loan from a foreign language. In English we can refer to people as a “couch potato”, and in Hebrew we use “a couch sweet potato”. Why? Probably because in Hebrew “potato” consists of two words – TAPOO’ACH ‘ADAMA – and slang expressions tend to be short.
Despite the fact that most Israelis have hummus running through their veins, this slang expression is used to describe losers.
The literal meaning – “to make a salad”, might sound nice, but this Hebrew slang expression basically says “to make a big mess”.