Tuesday, May 26, 2020


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Reed Johnson, "Ariel Sabar explores his dad's past," Los Angeles Times (October 30, 2009):
In the playful manner of parents, Yona taught his young son a few dozen words of Aramaic, including zingila (penis).

"He'd go to the IHOP," Ariel remembers, "and put the name down as 'Zingila,' so they'd call out 'Zingila, party of four!'" The family would break up while other customers looked on.
See Yona Sabar, A Jewish Neo-Aramaic Dictionary (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2002), p. 159, 2nd column.

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