## Dec 12, 2011

### how to say "flat" in Hebrew

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שָׁטוּחַ, שְׁטוּחָה

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In English, we talk about the disputed territories in Judea and Samaria. In Hebrew, territories are called שְׁטָחִים (sheh-tah-KHEEM), while one territory is called a שֶׁטַח (SHEH-tahkh). This is also the term used in geometry for the area of a shape. The root ש.ט.ח (sh.t.kh) is an ancient Semitic one, meaning to spread out; thus an area or a territory is something spread out, often flat.
 The other word for carpet is מַרְבָד (mahr-VAHD).

It follows that the word for flat (spread out) itself is שָׁטוּח (shah-TOO-ahkh) in the masculine and שְׁטוּחָה (sheh-too-KHAH) in the feminine.

Perhaps you're familiar with the basic word for carpet - שָׁטִיח (shah-TEE-ahkh) - also something flat and spread out.

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