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Re: OT: Slightly OT: dreidel question

From:Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
Date:Wednesday, December 28, 2005, 0:33
On 12/27/05, Markus Miekk-oja <m13kk0@...> wrote:
> > There is no such thing as "Yiddish letters" as distinct from Hebrew > letters, > except perhaps really minor typographic differences.
Yes, I know. I apologize for the imprecision; what I meant was Hebrew letters which represent Yiddish (not Hebrew) words. On 12/27/05, Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...> wrote:
> From what i've read it seems that the 'practical' meaning of the > letters predates the 'religious' meaning of them, and that they were > copied from similar German d4-based games which used similar words. > It's unclear when exactly Yiddish developed into a recognizably > separate language, but there's a long history of Jews writing their > vernacular in Hebrew letters. So even in Yiddish as such hadn't yet > developed, there was still a kind of Judeo-German being written on the > dreidls.
Ah, that makes sense. Thanks! -- Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>