Having words, calling names

Often words that entered British English a long time ago, when some Jews were criminals and others became lords.

December 28, 2017 22:06
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‘Two Gentilas’ (from a painting by Gentile Bellini)

‘Two Gentilas’ (from a painting by Gentile Bellini). (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

THERE IS a new disease sweeping across the face of the world. It is of epic proportions – and is called Trumpitis. The suffix “-itis” is tacked onto the end of a word by doctors to indicate an inflammation. We all know it from appendicitis, inflammation of the appendix.

By the way, this is not a political column. It is about words, and the joy of learning more about them. We can cover many languages, and invite the readers to join in, by writing to jerusalemreport.com with questions, comments, and their own experience.


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