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Feb 3, 2013

how to say "shopping"

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Whereas שׁוֹפִּינְגis still the term that refers to that activity that my mother loves so much, shopping for clothes, Israelis call general shopping - like for food and electronics - קְנִיּוֹת.
קְנֵה פָּחוֹת, חְיֵה יוֹתֵר
buy less, live more
(picture taken at a bus stop in Tel Aviv)

For example:

עָשִׂיתִי קְנִיּוֹת אֶתְמוֹל בַּסּוּפֶּר.
I went (literally, did) shopping yesterday at the supermarket.

קניות comes from the active-simple פָּעַל verb, לִקְנוֹת, which means, in Modern Hebrew, to buy or to purchase (in Biblical and Mishnaic Hebrew, it also means to possess).

A single act of purchasing is a קְנִיָּה, in Modern Hebrew (in Rabbinic literature, this is a קִנְיָן).

For example:

אֶתְמוֹל עָשִׂיתִי קְנִיָּה גְּדוֹלָה.עַכְשָׁיו יֵשׁ מַסְפִּיק אֹכֶל.
Yesterday I made a big purchase. Now there's plenty of (literally, enough) food.

From the same root of ק.נ.ה, a shopping mall is a קַנְיוֹן.

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