Old geezer/hag

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

  1. trigel Senior Member

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    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

    "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 Member

    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

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

    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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