- "My grandmother was nifter last month."
Languages of Origin
Textual Hebrew, Yiddish
Heb נפטר niftár '(masculine singular) passed away' (infinitive להיפטר lehipatér), Yiddish ניפֿטר װערן nífter vern 'to pass away' (periphrastic verb with invariant Hebrew element)
Who Uses This
Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
Used as a periphrastic verb (with the verb "to be")
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