yemach shmo, yimach shemo, yemakh shemoy
- "may his name be erased", appended to the names of evil people such as Haman and Hitler
- "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
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
Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
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