Zionism and Israel - Encyclopedic Dictionary
1. General: One who claims descent from the Hebrew tribes who inhabited ancient Judea, and
those who married into the Jewish people and faith or converted to the Jewish religion.
7. Arabic: "Yahoud" - A coward or lowly person as in "Yahoud bin Kalb" - Jew son of a dog, applied to non-Jews as well as a term of opprobrium. Commonly used in Saudi Arabia.
Jew (verb) Colloquial and derogatory - to swindle someone or bargain someone down. EG - "He Jewed me down."
Jew (adjective) - Colloquial and derogatory - as in "Jew-neighborhood" "Jew-bastard" etc.
Jew (adjective) - Colloquial and derogatory - Jewish.
Synonyms and alternate spellings: Jewish, Judaism
Hebrew/Arabic pronunciation and transliteration conventions:
'H - ('het) a guttural sound made deep in the throat. To Western ears it may sound like the "ch" in loch. In Arabic there are several letters that have similar sounds. Examples: 'hanukah, 'hamas, 'haredi. Formerly, this sound was often represented by ch, especially in German transliterations of Hebrew. Thus, 'hanukah is often rendered as Chanuka for example.
ch - (chaf) a sound like "ch" in loch or the Russian Kh as in Khruschev or German Ach, made by putting the tongue against the roof of the mouth. In Hebrew, a chaf can never occur at the beginning of a word. At the beginning of a word, it has a dot in it and is pronounced "Kaf."
u - usually between oo as in spoon and u as in put.
a- sounded like a in arm
ah- used to represent an a sound made by the letter hey at the end of a word. It is the same sound as a. Haganah and Hagana are alternative acceptable transliterations.
'a-notation used for Hebrew and Arabic ayin, a guttural ah sound.
o - close to the French o as in homme.
th - (taf without a dot) - Th was formerly used to transliterate the Hebrew taf sound for taf without a dot. However in modern Hebrew there is no detectable difference in standard pronunciation of taf with or without a dot, and therefore Histadruth and Histadrut, Rehovoth and Rehovot are all acceptable.
q- (quf) - In transliteration of Hebrew and Arabic, it is best to consistently use the letter q for the quf, to avoid confusion with similar sounding words that might be spelled with a kaf, which should be transliterated as K. Thus, Hatiqva is preferable to Hatikva for example.
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