Photo: Zipa Kempinsky

The word ื–ึทื™ึดืŸ, which is also how we say the 7th letter of the Hebrew alphabet, is defined as the male reproductive organ. It is a word we hear a lot in Hebrew because it is in many slang terms – many of which are not necessarily related to sex.

Today we learn a few of these sayings and find out the connection between the term ‘friends with benefits’ and Austrian composer Franz Schubert.

New Words and Expressions:

Zayin โ€“ Penis – ื–ื™ืŸ

Koos โ€“Vagina – ื›ื•ืก

“Ha-aretz mitpatachat kmo ha-zayin sheli” โ€“ “The country is developing like my dick” – ื”ืืจืฅ ืžืชืคืชื—ืช ื›ืžื• ื”ื–ื™ืŸ ืฉืœื™

Yedidoot – Friendship – ื™ื“ื™ื“ื•ืช

Yezizoot โ€“ “friendship with benefits” – ื™ื–ื™ื–ื•ืช

Yadid – Platonic friend – ื™ื“ื™ื“

Yaziz – Friend with benefit – ื™ื–ื™ื–

Eize zayin โ€“ What a bummer – ืื™ื–ื” ื–ื™ืŸ

Eize zayin hu โ€“ He is such a prick – ืื™ื–ื” ื–ื™ืŸ ื”ื•ื

Ani sam zayin โ€“ I don’t give a damn – ืื ื™ ืฉื ื–ื™ืŸ

Lasim zayin โ€“ Not to give a damn – ืœืฉื™ื ื–ื™ืŸ

Ani lo sam alav zayin โ€“ I don’t give a damn about him – ืื ื™ ืœื ืฉื ืขืœื™ื• ื–ื™ืŸ

Al hazayin sheli โ€“ I don’t care – ืขืœ ื”ื–ื™ืŸ ืฉืœื™

Playlist and Clips:

Alef-bet โ€“ Naomi Shemer, lyrics

Franz Schubert – Gretchen am Spinnrade

Rami Kleinstein โ€“ Chutz mimech klumlyrics

Johnny Blaze โ€“ Yedidim o yezizim

Yafti โ€“ Dvarim Muzari, lyrics

Ha-yehudim โ€“ Im kvar, lyrics 

Hagar Dadon โ€“ Al ha-zayin sheli (lyrics under youtube clip)

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2 comments on “Sex Words 2: Zayin

  1. Judy Kropf says:

    Thanks, Guy! Just saw/listened to this episode at my computer. I left Israel in 89 and have been back to visit a lot, but wow, so many new words and expressions! Thanks for keeping me culturally up to date!

    ื›ืœ ื”ื›ื‘ื•ื“, Judy

    1. Guy Sharett says:

      Toda raba Judy! Thanks so much for your kind words. We have more than 250 episodes waiting for you on your podcast app.

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