How do you say fake news in Hebrew?

Academy of the Hebrew Language also gives officials translations for driverless cars and chocolate truffles.

October 8, 2018 12:34
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Fake news. (photo credit: DR)


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Israeli politicians no longer have to pepper their speeches with the English phrase “fake news.” Now, they can do it in Hebrew.

On Sunday, the Academy of the Hebrew Language announced it had approved a slate of new Hebrew words and phrases to replace their English equivalents, which often slip into conversation.

Instead of “fake news,” the academy would like Israelis to say “hadashot kazav.” The English phrase is a favorite of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who often uses a transliterated version on Facebook and Twitter. Will Netanyahu switch to the official Hebrew phrase now? That remains to be seen.

And fake news wasn’t the only phrase the academy gave an official translation to this week. Instead of saying “rehev autonomy” – an autonomous car – Israelis should start saying “rehev lelo nahag,” i.e. a driverless car.

And, for those with a sweet tooth, a chocolate truffle is now translated as “kemehon shokolad.”

The Academy of the Hebrew Language also approved 180 new Hebrew names for types of butterflies that were prepared by its zoological committee. And that is not fake news.

Israeli politicians no longer have to pepper their speeches with the English phrase “fake news.” Now, they can do it in Hebrew.

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