Share It

Apr 30, 2012

how to say "printing" in Hebrew

having trouble seeing the print?


Check out our spring and summer courses

Yesterday, we saw the Hebrew terms for population, which come from the Ancient Greek word for massesόχλος (OHKH-lohs).

Today I'll introduce another Hebrew word that borrows from Greek.

Yesterday I visited two printing houses to pick up booklets for Ulpan La-Inyan, one in Raanana and the other in Tel Aviv. The Hebrew expression for printing house is בֵּית דְּפוּס (BEH-eet deh-FOOS).

by William Hook
דפוס comes from the Ancient Greek word τυπος (TOO-pohs) meaning a figure or type. דפוס - also the word for block-lettered writing - refers to the images printed on a piece of surface such as a piece of paper. 

Likewise, לְהַדְפִּיס (leh-hahd-PEES) is to print, an active-causative הפעיל verb.

דפוס has other similar meanings, including template and pattern.

That Greek word, τυπος, is the source of other words in Hebrew, such as טֹפֶס - a form - (TOH-fes) and טִפּוּס - a type (of thing or person) or a personality or "character" - (tee-POOS).

Post a Comment