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Slang, Israeli Hebrew
(1,077 words)

Slang often characterizes specific groups, such as teenagers, soldiers, or the underworld. Modern Hebrew slang has been described since the 1960s (Sapan 1965). The first salient group in which it is known to have developed is the פלמ"ח palmax̱, a Jewish fighting force in the British Mandate period (operated in the years 1941–1948). The richest source of Israeli slang is undoubtedly the IDF, but since military service is mandatory for the majority of citizens, and many of them also serve in the army reserves, most of this in-group sl…

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Muchnik, Malka, “Slang, Israeli Hebrew”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 18 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-4241_ehll_EHLL_COM_00000579>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423



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