The Big Felafel

Kitzur: Find definitions for Hebrew abbreviations and acronyms

My friend Keren let me in on a secret Hebrew weapon called Kitzur, which gives you the definition for thousands of Hebrew acronyms and abbreviations. I immediately went to the slang section and was amused by all the ridiculous abbreviations like “Gvinatz” for Gvinah Tzehubah (the ambiguous but ever popular Yellow Cheese). Um. Can’t remember the last time I heard someone order using either of the 2 shortened varieties. But if you try it, good luck, and let me know how it goes.


The phrases in the slang section are especially helpful in the following situations:

a. You want to pretend you are/were in the army

b. You want to be an ars (punky, annoying Israeli teenagers)

c. You are easily amused by just how many words and phrases can be shortened into ridiculous combinations that would have an Israeli get his/her whole family together to point and laugh at you if you decided to actually use some of them.


Use these phrases with caution. Some will help you fit in, but others could be disastrous for your post-Ulpan departure (but I would love to hear the outcomes). So, only start using one of the phrases once you’ve looked up the definition in English (you can use Morfix) and actually heard it used in context.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find Zabaj in the listings…

P.S. For those of you still in abbreviation mode, I found a site, Abbreviation that gives definitions of English abbreviations and acronyms. (Thanks, Make Use of)


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  1. * ck says:

    My friend came up with a great one. Did you know there’s no Hebrew word for booty call? So he invented zimzun – zimmun leh ziyun – roughly a phone order for sex.


    | Reply Posted 14 years, 9 months ago
  2. * ck says:

    …but uh… so very, very inappropriate…

    | Reply Posted 14 years, 9 months ago
  3. * Shelley says:

    I use ???”? all the time. and I’m ever so grateful to srugim for introducing me to

    ??? ????? ????

    in english we call that “back on the derech” 😉

    | Reply Posted 14 years, 9 months ago
  4. * Rebecca says:

    sorry the Hebrew wasn’t working – could you try again. Let me test it out – הי

    | Reply Posted 14 years, 9 months ago
  5. * rb says:

    I just happen to love Becca… and we all know Becca is slang for “Rebecca”!

    | Reply Posted 13 years, 5 months ago

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