yemach shemo

Alternative Spellings

yemach shmo, yimach shemo, yemakh shemoy

Definitions

  • "may his name be erased", appended to the names of evil people such as Haman and Hitler

Example Sentences

  • "This is the greatest revenge on Hitler, Yemach Shemo..."; or "The Hungarian police, yemach shemam, came for my grandfather." (from website)

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish

Etymology

Heb ימח שמו yemákh shemó, Yiddish ימח־שמו yemakh-shmóy (plural ימח־שמם yemakh-shmóm)

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

Yiddish: Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
Glinert: The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

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