What do we say to a friend who’s in bed with high fever? And to someone who got a minor scratch? And to that one person who keeps on complaining but has no right to complain? Oy misken!


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New Words and Expressions:

Misken Juanito – Poor Juanito – מסכן חואניטו

Misken Jerry, shamat ma kara lo? – Poor Jerry, did you hear what happened to him? – מסכן ג’רי, שמעת מה קרה לו?

Oy misken/miskena/miskenim/miskenot – You poor thing – אוי מסכן, מסכנה, מסכנים, מסכנות

Oy miskenon/miskenonet sheli – Oh my poor little thing – אוי מסכנון/מסכנונת שלי

Oy, miskenonet sheli, lehavi lach marak? – Oh you poor little thing, shall I get you some soup? – אוי מסכנונת שלי, להביא לך מרק?

Miskenchik, miskenon, miskeni, miskenoni – Poor thing (m.) – מסכנצ’יק, מסכנון, מסכני, מסכנוני

Miskenonet – Poor thing (f.) – מסכנונת

Miskenoni ktana – Poor thing (f.) – מסכנוני קטנה

Ba li lihyot miskenoni ve-lo lalechet machar la-avoda – I feel like being miskenoni and not go to work tomorrow – בא לי להיות מסכנוני ולא ללכת מחר לעבודה

Oof miskenoni sheli – Oh no, my poor thing – אוף מסכנוני שלי

Oi miskenoni – You poor thing (sarcastically) – אוי מסכנוני

Se’adia ha-misken – Poor se’adia – סעדיה המסכן

Hitstanen ha-misken – The poor (rabbit) got a cold – הצטנן המסכן

Miskenoot – Poorness – מסכנות

Tacharut miskenoot – Poorness competition – תחרות מסכנות

Lehitmasken – To pretend to be miserable – להתמסכן

Nu dai lehitmasken – Come on, stop complaining – נו, די להתמסכן

Hitmaskenoot – Pretending to be a poor thing – התמסכנות

Maskin/a (Arabic) – Poor (Arabic) – מסכין, מסכינה


Playlist and Clips:

David Broza – Ha-isha she-iti (lyrics)

Joan Manuel Serrat – La mujer que yo quiero


Shlomo Makoa – S’eadia Ha-misken

Ha-shafan Ha-katan – Children song (lyrics)

Matsav Ha-uma TV show – Miskenoot

Jane Bordeaux – Rotza Livkot (lyrics below clip on youtube)

Maskina – Abd el Aziz Louis

Arik Einstein – Sa Le’at (lyrics)

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