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Mar 8, 2012

how to say "to sober up" in Hebrew


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לְהִתְפַּכֵּחַ




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For those celebrating Purim outside of Jerusalem, this word is relevant. For those where I'm at... well, we're not quite ready for it.


(heet-pah-keh-KHOOT)
sobering up
To become sober is the reflexive-intensive התפעל verbלְהִתְפַּכֵּח (leh-heet-pah-KEH-ahkh). Its root, פ.כ.ח (p.k.kh), from Aramaic, is nearly identical to the Hebrew root meaning able to see - פ.ק.ח (p.k.kh). The difference is the כ is a normal-sounding k, while ק was, in Biblical times, a k of a more pronounced quality.


That's it for me until Sunday... perhaps then אֲנִי כְּבָר אֶתְפַּכֵּח (ah-NEE keh-VAHR et-pah-KEH-ahkh) - I'll already be sobered up.


שבת שלום, סוף שבוע נעים לכולם, ושושן פורים שמח!
Shabbat Shalom, a pleasant weekend to all, and happy Shushan Purim!




 
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