For the first time in its history, the Eurovision Song Contest was cancelled. But hopefully only this year. Many other events, both global and local, were also cancelled, all because the Coronavirus.

How do we say โ€œto cancelโ€ in Hebrew, in the present? How about in the past? And what army radio comm talk breached the divide and made its way to civilian slang?

Guy explains the root ื‘.ื˜.ืœ.

New Words and Expressions:

Bitul ha-hofesh ha-gadol – Cancellation of the summer school holiday – ื‘ื™ื˜ื•ืœ ื”ื—ื•ืคืฉ ื”ื’ื“ื•ืœ

Vaโ€™ada – Committee – ื•ืขื“ื”

โ€œKabel/kabli bitulโ€ – Scratch that, abort – ืงื‘ืœ/ืงื‘ืœื™ ื‘ื™ื˜ื•ืœ

Kabel bitul al ha-kafe, tsats mashehu – Abort the coffee, something came up – ืงื‘ืœ ื‘ื™ื˜ื•ืœ ืขืœ ื”ืงืคื”, ืฆืฅ ืžืฉื”ื•

Kaftor bitul – Cancel button – ื›ืคืชื•ืจ ื‘ื™ื˜ื•ืœ

Mediniut bitulim – Cancellation policy – ืžื“ื™ื ื™ื•ืช ื‘ื™ื˜ื•ืœื™ื

Dmei bitul – A cancellation fee – ื“ืžื™ ื‘ื™ื˜ื•ืœ

Bitulim – Cancellations – ื‘ื™ื˜ื•ืœื™ื

Levatel et ha-hafsakot – To cancel school breaks – ืœื‘ื˜ืœ ืืช ื”ื”ืคืกืงื•ืช

Slicha, ani tsarich/tsricha levatel – Sorry, I must cancel – ืกืœื™ื—ื”, ืื ื™ ืฆืจื™ืš/ืฆืจื™ื›ื” ืœื‘ื˜ืœ

Ani rotse/rotsa levatel – Iโ€™d like to cancel – ืื ื™ ืจื•ืฆื” ืœื‘ื˜ืœ

โ€œBe-chol 64 shnot kiyum ha-eurovision, me-olam lo butla tacharutโ€ – โ€œDuring the entire 64 years of conducting the Eurovision, never before was the competition cancelledโ€ – ื‘ื›ืœ 64 ืฉื ื•ืช ืงื™ื•ื ื”ืื™ืจื•ื•ื™ื–ื™ื•ืŸ, ืžืขื•ืœื ืœื ื‘ื•ื˜ืœื” ืชื—ืจื•ืช

Ha-eruโ€™a butal – The event (m.) was cancelled – ื”ืื™ืจื•ืข ื‘ื•ื˜ืœ

Shnehem butlu – Both were cancelled – ืฉื ื™ื”ื ื‘ื•ื˜ืœื•

Mevutal, mevutelet, mevutalim, mevutalot – Cancelled – ืžื‘ื•ื˜ืœ, ืžื‘ื•ื˜ืœืช, ืžื‘ื•ื˜ืœื™ื, ืžื‘ื•ื˜ืœื•ืช

Ha-tacharut mevutelet – The contest is cancelled – ื”ืชื—ืจื•ืช ืžื‘ื•ื˜ืœืช

Ha-kenes butal lifnei kama yamim – The conference was called off a few days ago – ื”ื›ื ืก ื‘ื•ื˜ืœ ืœืคื ื™ ื›ืžื” ื™ืžื™ื

Ha-kenes hitbatel biglal ha-corona – The conference got cancelled because of the Coronavirus – ื”ื›ื ืก ื”ืชื‘ื˜ืœ ื‘ื’ืœืœ ื”ืงื•ืจื•ื ื”

Hitbatel li mashehu, az yesh li zman – Something got cancelled for me, so I have time. – ื”ืชื‘ื˜ืœ ืœื™ ืžืฉื”ื•, ืื– ื™ืฉ ืœื™ ื–ืžืŸ

Hitbatla li pgisha – A meeting was cancelled for me – ื”ืชื‘ื˜ืœื” ืœื™ ืคื’ื™ืฉื”

Hitbabtlu li pgishot – Meetings were cancelled for me – ื”ืชื‘ื˜ืœื• ืœื™ ืคื’ื™ืฉื•ืช

Hitbatel li tor la-rofa – A doctor appointment was cancelled for me – ื”ืชื‘ื˜ืœ ืœื™ ืชื•ืจ ืœืจื•ืคื

Hitbatlu li kama torim la-rofa – A few doctor appointments were cancelled for me – ื”ืชื‘ื˜ืœื• ืœื™ ื›ืžื” ืชื•ืจื™ื ืœืจื•ืคื 

Lehitbatel – To chill, to slack – ืœื”ืชื‘ื˜ืœ

โ€œHa-boker hashavti lehitbatelโ€ – โ€œThis morning I planned on doing nothingโ€ – ื”ื‘ื•ืงืจ ื—ืฉื‘ืชื™ ืœื”ืชื‘ื˜ืœ

Ma at osa? Mitbatelet be-kef – What are you doing? Nothing, just chilling – ืžื” ืืช ืขื•ืฉื”? ืžืชื‘ื˜ืœืช ื‘ื›ื™ืฃ 

Hu ma-ze mitbatel befnei ha-boss shelo – He really caves in front of his boss – ื”ื•ื ืžื”-ื–ื” ืžืชื‘ื˜ืœ ื‘ืคื ื™ ื”ื‘ื•ืก ืฉืœื•

Muvtal – Unemployed – ืžื•ื‘ื˜ืœ

โ€œHu kitsets be-daka shlosha mifโ€™alimโ€ – โ€œHe axed within a minute three factoriesโ€ – ื”ื•ื ืงื™ืฆืฅ ื‘ื“ืงื” ืฉืœื•ืฉื” ืžืคืขืœื™ื

โ€œVe-400 ish hafchu muvtalimโ€ – โ€œAnd 400 people became unemployedโ€ – ื•-400 ืื™ืฉ ื”ืคื›ื• ืžื•ื‘ื˜ืœื™ื

Avtala – Unemployment – ืื‘ื˜ืœื”

Ledaber le-mishehu be-bitul – To talk to someone dismissively – ืœื“ื‘ืจ ืœืžื™ืฉื”ื• ื‘ื‘ื™ื˜ื•ืœ

Playlist and Clips:

Bitul ha-hofesh ha-gadol (KAN TV)

Bitulim – Rakevet

Ha-tacharut butla

Gusto – Hashavti Lehitbatel (lyrics)

Tislam – Partsufa Shel Ha-medina (lyrics)

Tamuz – Holech Batel (lyrics)

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