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Apr 18, 2013

how to say "airshow" in Hebrew

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If you were in Israel early yesterday afternoon, you probably heard and saw fighter jets flying overhead.

The makers of Modern Hebrew took the root ט.ו.ס - t.w.s - meaning flying and plugged it into a noun structure beginning with a מ (m), yielding the common word for airplane, מָטוֹס. It's the same noun structure as that of מָקוֹם - place, which also comes from a root whose middle letter is ו (w) - ק.ו.מ (k.w.m).

To create the word for airshow, Hebrew plugs מטוס into another noun structure, with מַטָּס as the resulting word.

Note that the same word-change (morphological) process takes place to create the word for flotilla: Hebrew takes the word for oar or paddle - מָשׁוֹט, plugs it into that other noun structure, and מַשָּׁטis born.

חַג עַצְמָאוּת שָׂמֵחַ!
Happy Independence Day! (literally, Holiday)

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