b'emet

Alternative Spellings

be'emes, b'emes, be'emet, beemes, bemes

Definitions

  • "As a matter of fact." (Weiser); "Really?"

Example Sentences

  • "They got engaged after three months!" "B'emes?!"

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish, Modern Hebrew

Etymology

Heb באמת be'emét, Yiddish beémes

Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).

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