loshn hore, loshon hora, lashon hora, leshon hara, l'shon hara
- "gossip" (lit. "evil tongue") (JPS)
- "I would tell you, but I don't want to speak lashon hara."
Languages of Origin
Textual Hebrew, Yiddish
Heb לשון הרע lashón hará, Yiddish לשון־הרע loshn-hóre
Who Uses This
Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
More common among Orthodox Jews.
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