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Old geezer/hag

Discussion in 'עברית (Hebrew)' started by trigel, Jan 8, 2013.

  1. trigel Senior Member

    English - US, Korean
    I wonder what are the common Israeli derogatory colloquialisms/slang for elderly/old people (old fools/hags/geezers)?
     
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2013
  2. Tararam Senior Member

    Hebrew
    "זקן" (old) is considered "rude" ;) in Israel, and and we are encouraged to use the term "קשיש/ישיש" (synonyms of זקן) or "מבוגר" (adult/grown up).
    For "old hag" I'd say "זקנה בלה" (zkena bala) fits quite right.
     
  3. C_J Junior Member

    He
    Ermm. terah תרח also comes to mind... There are probably more, but usually zaken/zkena are used (not everyone consider this rude, practicularly the old geezers themselves that are often unaware of this euphemism treadmill).

    @Tararam: At our present day and age, I won't hesitate to use "zaken bale" or even "zkena bala" for male old fools if the need arises (I don't usually disrespect my elders).
     
  4. GeriReshef

    GeriReshef Senior Member

    Israel
    Hebrew
    Other options:
    חתייאר (xetyar) - slang, Arabic
    אשמאי - formal
     
  5. origumi Senior Member

    Hebrew
    Bialik wrote:


    שׁוּב לְפָנַי: זָקֵן בָּלֶה,
    פָּנִים צֹמְקִים וּמְצֹרָרִים,
    צֵל קַשׁ יָבֵשׁ, נָד כְּעָלֶה,
    נָד וָנָע עַל-גַּבֵּי סְפָרִים.

    שׁוּב לְפָנַי: זְקֵנָה בָלָה,
    אֹרְגָה, סֹרְגָה פֻזְמְקָאוֹת,
    פִּיהָ מָלֵא אָלָה, קְלָלָה,
    וּשְׂפָתֶיהָ תָּמִיד נָעוֹת.

     

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