gaga

Alternative Spellings

ga-ga, GaGa

Definitions

  • A version of dodgeball played in a hexagonal or octagonal "pit," sometimes referred to as "Israeli dodgeball." Gaga is common in Jewish summer camps, schools, and community gatherings and has spread to non-Jewish settings as well.

Example Sentences

  • "In the Bet K'nesset the menorah's lit. Just around the corner from the ga-ga pit. Oh it's the greatest place you'll have to admit, Solomon Schechter Camp!" (https://www.facebook.com/campschechter/posts/202690909783049?stream_ref=5)

Languages of Origin

Modern Hebrew

Etymology

געגע, lit. 'touch-touch'

Who Uses This

Camp: Jews who attend or work at a Jewish overnight summer camp

Regions

North America, Australia / New Zealand

Dictionaries

None

Notes

"Believed to have originated in Israel, the game — which translates to “touch, touch” in Hebrew — has been a standby of Jewish summer camps and community centers in the United States since at least the 1970s. Now, to the surprise of parents who recall the game from their youths, gaga is solidly mainstream." (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/19/us/gaga-playground-game-is-popular-at-camps.html?_r=0)

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